Forest Service Captain Frank
Zabrowski hoses down a fire at the
Basin Complex Fire in Big Sur Wednesday.
Orville Myers/Monterey County Herald/MCT
By M.S. Enkoji
McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
REDDING, Calif. — Gazing out a wall of windows, Mike Lococo watched lightning stab the horizon, over and over, like a bizarre light show gone awry.
Three decades of battling blazes in remote corners of California told him one thing: That was trouble hurtling from the heavens.
Lococo is part of a unique national network that launches at the first sniff of wildfire.
When hundreds of California wildfires sprang from lightning strikes June 20-21, the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center here geared up. It is part of an 11-center network reporting to a national center in Boise, Idaho.