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Chief Kim Zagaris

Chief Zagaris is Wildfire Policy and Technology Adviser at Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) and former State Fire and Rescue Chief for the State of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

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COVID-19 and Wildfire: Episode 2

Aug 18, 2020 4:57:14 PM / by Chief Kim Zagaris

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created a number of ongoing challenges for the fire service. Daily operations have been impacted in unprecedented ways—including increased demand for PPE on calls, social distancing requirements, and quarantining guidelines. Wildfire season is currently in full swing, and the COVID pandemic has created additional issues for federal, state, and local agencies.

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COVID-19 and Wildfire

May 27, 2020 3:36:32 PM / by Chief Kim Zagaris


COVID-19 has produced an unprecedented series of new issues for the fire service. It has impacted daily operations in numerous ways, from the necessity of crews to be outfitted in PPE for all calls, to the serious potential of additional operational burden due to quarantined crews. Wildfire season is here, and the idea of running a wildland fire camp in light of COVID has created a series of real issues for federal, state and local agencies.

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