Fall Season Fire Prevention
In his memo to the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Fire Prevention District had some words of wisdom about fire danger in the fall season:
"We are just entering the most dangerous part of wildland fire season. Although the days are getting shorter and the evenings are getting cooler, I urge our residents and visitors not to be fooled into thinking fire danger is waning because the opposite is actually occurring. In the early days of fire season, we typically see quick drying and burning of the light, flashy fuels such as our annual grasses. This year’s early fire season has been responsible for the loss and damage of several homes in our District and elsewhere. As the season progresses, the medium and heavy fuels, including brush and timber, also dry out which leads to those fuels igniting much more easily than in the early season. The longer we go without consistent precipitation, the drier those fuels get which is why many of the most devastating fires are seen in late summer and fall."
Though much of Pleasant Hill is suburban, there is always a threat of fire in surrounding areas like the Briones open space, and residents should be mindful of ways to protect themselves and their neighbors from fire. More tips for preventing wildland fires and protecting yourself and your property is available at the National Interagency Fire Center website at https://www.nifc.gov/prevEdu/prevEdu_main.html.