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Be Fire Safe This Independence Day during California’s Drought.

Today, Cal Fire was called out to a two-acre acre fire off Todd Valley road in Foresthill.  With the quick response by Cal Fire’s air support team,  the small blaze dubbed “Garden Fire ”was contained shortly after it started.  Cal Fire fought the blaze with assistance of four firefighting air aircrafts including, two overhead air-tankers, one helicopter, and one air-tactical aircraft.

Per Lynne Tolmachoff , Cal Fire Public Information Officer, said the difficult location and steep terrain with a downed power line prompted Cal Fire to make the decision to call in the airstrike team who doused the flames with fire retardant.   Cal Fire also had two hand crews available on location who were ready to take action if needed.

After the fire was completely put out, investigators went in to determine the cause of the fire, which has yet to be determined, while hand crews worked on hotspots.

With some recent small popup vegetation fires, including one in Newcastle on Monday and one Lincoln on Tuesday, it’s a good reminder these days to be safe and prepared.

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Tolmachoff gives some fire preventing tips:  Fire Safety

On Tuesday, fire crews were called out to the 200 block of Gold Crest Court in Newcastle.  Though the 10×10 fire was suppressed by the homeowner, Cal Fire was on scene to help prevent any movement up towards the home,  and help mop up the scorched area.

Because of California’s extreme drought this year, on Wednesday Cal Fire issued a press release requesting residents to use “extreme caution” this July 4th while enjoying the holiday fun.  It can take hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to control a large wildfire.

Effective July 1, 2014, CAL FIRE Chief Ken Pimlott ordered a ban on open burning throughout the 31 million acres of state responsibility area protected by CAL FIRE due to the elevated threat of wildfire caused by the drought emergency.

“The drought has increased the threat of wildfire in California,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “We are urging the public to celebrate our nation’s independence by attending a professional fireworks display. For those who choose to use fireworks to celebrate, make sure fireworks are allowed in the area of use and follow all safety precautions. You don’t want to ruin your celebration by becoming financially responsible for a fire caused by your activities.”

Cal Fire PIO Tolmachoff also encourages people who will be enjoying a campfire this year to be prepared before lighting up.  She suggests having all extinguishing supplies necessary and ready and on hand like a bucket of water and a shovel to fully extinguish any left over flames.

Tolmachoff talks about campfire safety: Campfire 3

This year, the State of California has issued a zero tolerance for the sale and use of illegal fireworks.  Illegal fireworks include Sky Rockets, Bottle Rockets, Roman Candles, Aerial Shells, firecrackers, and other types that explode, go into the air and any that move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner.  So far this year, more than 175 tons of illegal explosives have already been confiscated statewide.

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