No time to be content with fire season

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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Although the Ferguson fire near Yosemite is 100 percent contained, the Carr Fire in Redding is 93 percent contained and the Mendocino Complex Fire (Ranch) near Ukiah is 67 percent contained, we are not out of the woods.

Fire season is now no longer a season because the word season implies an end to certain time frame and, according to CAL FIRE officials, there is no end to California’s fire season.

It’s considered the new norm for the Golden State’s environment, according to fire officials. And Placer County has been no exception to the ravages of wildfire season this year or any in the past.

Residents should still be concerned with wildfires starting in Placer County and elsewhere.

“Our largest wildfire (in the 2017 fire season), the Wind Complex Fire in Nevada and Yuba counties, was in October of last year,” said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit spokeswoman Mary Eldridge. “The Thomas Fire was in December in Southern California.”

The CAL FIRE spokeswoman advocated that residents take precautions while it’s not too hot this week.

“People should take advantage of mild temperatures to clean their gutters and remove dead and dying vegetation around their home and property,” Eldridge said. “They should do this early in the morning as vegetation dries out as the temperature increases. Never use a metal blade on dry grass as a rock trike can start a fire. Fire isn’t a season. If you live here (in California), you live in a fire prone area year-round.”