Supply chain shortages impacting California during wildfire season

Supply chain shortages aren’t just affecting consumers. They’re also affecting how quickly firefighters can respond to wildfires in California.
Supply chain shortages aren’t just affecting consumers. They’re also affecting how quickly firefighters can respond to wildfires in California. Photo credit Getty Images/David McNew

Supply chain shortages aren't just affecting consumers. They're also affecting how quickly firefighters can respond to wildfires in California.

Jeff Cyphers, the president of Stockton-based aviation fuel distributor Humboldt Pacific, told KCBS Radio on Wednesday that COVID-19 has impacted the ability to get enough equipment and product in the right locations.

"The challenges we have of course during fire season is you never know where a fire is going to be, and where they are going to develop into a serious crisis," Cyphers said. "I know in conversation with many of our suppliers that they are doing their utmost to make sure the product is to the emergency crews as needed, but this is a concern we have statewide."

Cyphers said companies are doing what they can to ensure needs are filled as required, but the supply chain is very fragile right now.

There is currently a lot of communication within the industry, but Cyphers is primarily concerned about not getting enough supplies to affected areas during fire season.

"That is the concern we have tried to address with the state," he said. "Making sure we get every opportunity as far as regulatory hours of service during this time so we can better utilize our equipment."