Fire Season Starts


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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 23, 2005

It's officially fire season in Sacramento. Warmer weather and lower humidity prompted the Metropolitan Fire Department to start the season on Monday.

Captain Steve Turner says this year’s record rainfall means it could be a long season. "What we have with late rainfall, how that effects our fuels, is a longer growing season for the light, flashy fuels like tall grasses and such and those can be very, very dangerous for firefighters."

Turner says residents who live in rural areas should make sure they have a 30-foot clearance between their home and dry grasses and brush and any other combustibles.