News

Actions

San Diego adds firefighting chopper for heat wave

Posted at 10:55 AM, Jun 17, 2016

INTERACTIVE RADAR | FORECASTTRAFFIC CONDITIONS | GET OUR MOBILE APP

Got photos or video?  Send them to pictures@10news.com or join the 10News Weather Watchers group on Facebook.


SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department will have an extra helicopter crew on duty as temperatures skyrocket this weekend and more personnel to respond to wildfires.
  
Fire Chief Brian Fennessy has ordered SDFRD's second helicopter to be available during the upcoming heat wave. It was to be put into use full-time starting next month, but officials moved the date up due to anticipated high temperatures and dry fuel conditions increasing the risk of fires, according to a statement from the SDFRD.
 
Fire officials expect an increase in the number of rescues.
  
Five additional brush engine crews and a battalion chief will also be on hand.