Multiple fires prompt warning to control sparks
July 16, 2017
A small brush fire near Holbrook Trailer Park served as a reminder the wildlands are extremely flammable.
The fire started at around noon Saturday where it threatened trailers and power lines before it was contained by firefighters.
With two more consecutive forecasts for critical fire danger for Monday and Tuesday by the National Weather Service, East Fork Battalion Chief Larry Goss is reminding residents to be careful with fire.
"The increased grass growth followed by hot and dry conditions has added to the fire danger this year. As we have seen with other fires in the region, there has been an increase in starts that have been incredibly fast moving and dangerous."
“East Fork would like to ask that you refrain from participating in activities that could cause a spark in the wildland areas.”-Chief Larry Goss,East Fork Battalion Chief
East Fork Firefighters responded to the fire, stopping it with the help of a U.S. Forest Service unit, according to.
"Quick work by initial responding companies stopped the fires spread at just under 1 acre," Goss said.
A total of five brush engines, two water tenders, and two command officers remained on scene for more than three hours ensuring the fire did not escape containment.
The cause is under investigation.
"East Fork would like to ask that you refrain from participating in activities that could cause a spark in the wildland areas," he said. "We also encourage you to have a plan to get out safe should you be near a wildland fire. For your safety, please stay out of wildland fire areas and allow our members to work without distractions."
The red flag warnings are forecast for noon to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for gusty winds and low humidity.
They are the seventh and eighth red flag warnings since the beginning of June.
Smoke and haze from the 63,046-acre Long Valley fire burning near Doyle may drift south this morning, according to the National Weather Service. Afternoon westerly winds should clear it out.