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Calfire Lassen-Modoc-Plumas Unit declares fire season
May 14, 2013 — The Lassen-Modoc-Plumas Unit of Calfire officially declared the opening of wildfire season Wednesday, May 1. This announcement is made each year to remind residents as the weather warms, fire risks increase. Calfire resources have already responded to several large and devastating wildfires this month.
Calfire began staffing fire stations Monday, May 6 and anticipates full staffing by June 10. Though fire restrictions are not currently in effect, residents need to be safe with fire and pay attention to conditions as we move into the summer months. Permits for outdoor burning have been required since May 1. Those permits will be suspended July 1 or sooner if conditions change.
Calfire encourages residents to continue working to create 100 feet of defensible space around their homes. Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. It’s the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs and any wildland areas that surround it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and for the protection of firefighters defending your home.
When clearing around your home, take these precautions:
•Do all yard maintenance that requires a gas or electrical motor before 10 a.m. — not in the heat of the day or when the wind is blowing.
•Lawn mowers are designed to mow lawns. Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation.
•Use a weed trimmer to cut down dry weeds and grass.
Remove rocks in the area before you begin operating any equipment. A rock hidden in grass or weeds is enough to start a fire when struck by a metal blade.
Last year, firefighters were kept busy with state and federal fires that burned in and around the unit, including the Chips Fire, the Ponderosa, the Barry Point, the Rush, the Reading, the Bagley, the 16, the Likely, the Robbers and the Mill fire. These fires burned a total of 623,125 acres of wildland. Let’s work together to keep our community fire safe.
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