The ongoing dry weather causing Cal Fire to get ready earlier for the upcoming fire season. In fact, it appears Cal Fire crews will be getting a two month head start this year. The Butte County Division of Cal Fire will reportedly have up to 8 fire engines fully staffed by mid April, whereas that wouldn't normally start until early June. So crews will already be in place in June when Cal Fire would normally start getting up to speed for the normal fire year. Since Cal Fire is a state agency, the funding for the earlier staffing will be coming from the state. Things are subject to change with the weather. But Cal Fire officials reportedly say they'll stay at peak staffing until there are significant rains.