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May 24, 2022

Wildfire risk heightens as CalFire expects lightning, wind

In anticipation of dry lightning and strong winds moving into
Northern California, CalFire warns of fire danger and has increased
their staffing as a result.
In anticipation of dry lightning and strong winds moving into Northern California, CalFire warns of fire danger and has increased their staffing as a result.

According to a recent CalFire new release, an upper level low is approaching the California coast drawing monsoonal moisture, which is predicted to trigger dry lightning across California counties: Lassen, Modoc, Siskiyou and Shasta.

In response, CalFire moved engines and resources into areas expected to see an increased fire danger.

CalFire is also staffing all reserve fire engines, additional inmate fire crews 24-hours a day and plans to hold all personnel on duty. They’re in close communication with local, state and federal partners including the U.S. Forest Service, the California National Guard and the California Emergency Management Agency.

“The forecasts indicate weather conditions could be similar to the lightning siege we experienced in 2008 when the state saw nearly 2,000 lightning sparked fires,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CalFire. “CalFire’s firefighters are ready to respond if more fires do break out, but we especially need the public to be extremely cautious, because we don’t need any additional fires.”

CalFire urges Californians to be safe and help prevent new fires.

Reminders from CalFire:

– Any mowing or weed eating should be done before 10 a.m. (and NEVER during extremely dry conditions).

– Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation.

– Ensure campfires are permitted and, if so, be sure to extinguish them completely when done.

– Never pull your vehicle over in tall dry grass.

For more ways to help prevent wildfires visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org or www.fire.ca.gov.

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