Wildfire danger remains high
Senior Staff Writer
A red flag fire warning sputtered out Thursday when gusty winds subsided in western Nevada County, but the danger of wildland blazes remains high for the rest of the month, Calfire officials said.
Foothill and forest fire fuels remain dry with low humidity, two of the three factors that cause fall forest fires. The third factor of wind drives those fires and is common with September and October weather systems.
Such fires occurred this week in Placer County, with a blaze outside of Roseville that charred 94 acres and shut down the Galleria mall. Another fire near Lincoln consumed 6 acres, Calfire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.
In September, wind-whipped fire burned down 60 homes and three businesses in north Auburn. In late August, strong winds also drove the Yuba Fire toward Pleasant Valley Road, threatening homes in Nevada County.
“Historically, late September and October are when we see the worst fires,” Calfire Director Ruben Brijalva said recently. “Even though we have seen cooler temperatures and little moisture, it only takes one day of dry winds to bring the fire danger back to extreme.”
Residents are urged to keep abreast of weather conditions at TheUnion.com or in The Union newspaper for windy days as the month progresses.
They should also remain cautious when working outdoors with anything that could spark fires, using such machinery only before 10 a.m. when moisture levels are relatively higher. For tips on fire safety, visit Calfire’s Web site at http://www.fire.ca.gov.
To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4237.
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