Wild­fire Bat­tle Slowly Be­ing Won By Crews

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Even as lo­cal fire­fight­ers spread the mes­sage of fire preven­tion in area schools dur­ing the just com­pleted Fire Preven­tion Week, more than 4,300 fire­fight­ers re­main on the front­lines of nine ac­tive wild­fires across the state.

Thank­fully, said of­fi­cials, many of them are pro­jected to be fully con­tained by the end of the week. Fire­fight­ers con­tinue to ex­tin­guish hot spots and per­form fire sup­pres­sion re­pair work.

“Tem­per­a­tures across the State are hot and dry,” noted CAL FIRE In­for­ma­tion/Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer Lynette Round, pro­vid­ing a statewide update on Tues­day morn­ing. “Fire­fight­ers con­tinue to brace for po­ten­tial high fire ac­tiv­ity in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia due to gusty winds and low hu­mid­ity. In re­sponse to the in­creased fire con­di­tions, CAL FIRE has added ex­tra staffing.”

And though Novem­ber is right around the cor­ner, Round said fire dan­ger re­mains high. CAL FIRE is urg­ing all Cal­i­for­ni­ans to not only be pre­pared, but to en­sure that they take ac­tions to pre­vent spark­ing a new wild­fire. Even house­hold pow­ered equip­ment like weed trim­mers and lawn mow­ers can spark a fire if not used care­fully. Learn more tips on how to pre­vent a wild­fire at www.ReadyForWild­fire.org.

“Since the start of the October Fire Siege on Sun­day, Oct. 8, CAL FIRE re­sponded to 250 new wild­fires. At the peak of the wild­fires there were 21 ma­jor wild­fires that, in to­tal, burned over 245,000 acres,” Round said. “Also, 11,000 fire­fight­ers bat­tled the de­struc­tive fires that at one time forced 100,000 to evac­u­ate, de­stroyed an es­ti­mated 8,400 struc­tures, and sadly, took the lives of 42 peo­ple.”

Many of the fires are at or near 90 per­cent con­tain­ment, in­clud­ing the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma and Napa coun­ties. The Nuns Fire, im­pact­ing those same two coun­ties, was listed as 95 per­cent con­tained on Tues­day morn­ing.

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