U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Release: Feb. 2, 2007
Dry Winter Conditions Cause Fire Danger Concerns
Warm and unusually dry conditions through the early months of winter in northern California are prompting fire officials to urge property owners and back country visitors to use extreme caution with fire.
Over the past few weeks fire fighters have responded to several wildfires that resulted when private property debris-burning projects escaped control. In recent days fires near Bieber in northern Lassen County and near Vinton in eastern Plumas County each burned about 100 acres, which is highly unusual for this time of year.
“We have just ended one of the driest Januarys on record,” said Jim Hedges, a co-manager at the Susanville Interagency Fire Center (SIFC). “Despite the cold weather, vegetation across northern California is very dry and ready to burn.”
SIFC officials offered these fire safety tips:
Officials also advise rural property owners that now is the time to begin projects to ensure homes and buildings can be defended against wildfire. Property owners should follow these precautions:
Detailed information is available on the web at www.firesafecouncil.org, or from any office of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or local fire departments.
SIFC Interagency Fire Center - Fifth and Cedar Streets - Susanville, CA 96130