Fire season here, now
February 23, 2012
No other combination is as dangerous on the Sierra Front as having a very dry winter after a very wet one.
When we’re in a prolonged drought, while the vegetation is dry, there isn’t quite as much of it.
Multiple wet winters extend the growing season, but the vegetation stays green longer.
But last year’s wet winter contributed to the vegetation load, including thick carpets of cheat grass in the mountains.
This year’s dry winter has already seen a couple of major conflagrations, and without some more moisture that’s not going to get better.
When we get into a drought cycle like this the concept of a fire season goes out the window. There’s no waiting until July before windy conditions make the possibility of a major fire possible.
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We can’t expect much help from Mother Nature this year and with the recent issues with the Fire Safe Council, we have to wonder what level of support we’ll get in clearing brush from the wildland interface.
While it’s not good for the wilderness to burn, our concern has to be for where people live and have their homes.
There are steps residents who live near the wildland can do to protect their homes should a fire break out.
We suggest that the first step be to visit http://www.livingwithfire.info and take a look at what they can do to protect their property and lives. Maybe if we take advantage of fair winter weather to prepare, we can avoid the worst of fire danger this year.