California highway officials have made the best of a bad situation, and the state is in the midst of an unprecedented wildfire season, as it was in the summer of 2015.
The problem, as we learned this week, is that they are not equipped to handle a wildfire season of this magnitude.
On Wednesday, the state Transportation Department announced it will be spending $20 million to retrofit its state highway patrol vehicles with new fire-resistant equipment, as well as replacing the old ones with more fire-proof ones.
The move will also make them safer, which will save lives.
But, as in many states, the agency’s decision to do this is under the scrutiny of a handful of local governments.
The state has been scrambling to get the vehicles retrofitted, with officials looking at other options.
But in an effort to make sure the state’s highway patrol is ready for the coming season, officials are putting together a task force of state officials, firefighters, and public health experts to figure out how best to prepare California for a wildfire-prone winter.
That includes what is known as the California Fire Safety Plan, a comprehensive plan for what the state needs to do to protect the state from wildfires in the coming years.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the task force has been meeting with various agencies and local governments in recent weeks to figure it out.
The task force will meet on Tuesday to consider recommendations and draft the state highway safety plan, which should be finalized by the end of the month.
The California Highway Safety Plan is meant to help the state prepare for the next major wildfire season.
The plan includes recommendations on what to do about fires that are already burning across California, such as blazes that were set off during the summer months of 2018 and 2019.
For example, the plan suggests moving vehicles out of high-risk areas where they can burn without getting in a burnout, and adding extra fire-safe zones to those areas.
It also suggests that fire fighters be trained in how to react when a wildfire breaks out, as the threat of a fire increases, and to put out the flames.
In a recent interview with NPR, California Highway Commissioner John D. Carlin said the state had made strides to get new fire safety equipment into its vehicles, and that the state would make sure that the vehicles were equipped with all of the fire-resistance equipment that the Highway Patrol requires.
Carli also said that the department was working with public health officials in the state to implement the plan.
But he also said the department would not be deploying vehicles that had been retrofitted with fire-resistant material.
The Department of Transportation said it was committed to improving the state fire-safety system, which has been a focus of the department’s efforts for several years.
“We want to make certain that the infrastructure is robust and is designed to be resilient, but not necessarily as resilient as it could be,” said the agency.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Chris DeCaro, a deputy chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the plan was an important step.
“The goal is to get our people prepared to respond to any future fire events,” DeCarosaid.
“But we also want to prepare the vehicles to go out and do their job.”