The end of summer, final camping trips, last boating adventures and one last barbeque cookout are here are part of the Labor Day weekend holiday. For most people this time of year usually marks the unofficial end of summer, but for California, it is historically just the beginning of the most dangerous time for wildfires.
“CAL FIRE has seen thousands of wildfires already this year and currently, there is no relief in sight from the dry conditions,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “The potential for wildfires remains extremely high across the state and everyone must do their part to help prevent new fires from igniting.”
While the fall season may quickly be approaching, the fire risk is far from over. Historically, it’s the months of September and October when California experiences its largest and most damaging wildfires. Already this year, CAL FIRE crews have responded to nearly 5,000 wildfires that have charred nearly 150,000 acres.
Four years of drought and bark beetle infestations have taken their toll on California’s forests and wildland areas. CAL FIRE is reminding everyone to be extra cautious this weekend as fire danger remains high, even extreme in some areas, and fires ignite easily and spread rapidly. As you take to the great outdoors, CAL FIRE offers these important tips to help prevent a wildfire:
Obtain a campfire permit
Check for local fire restrictions
Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of any campfire
Have a responsible person in attendance at all times
Ensure all campfires are completely extinguished before leaving
When barbequing, never leave the grill unattended
Never pull over in dry grass
Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained
When towing ensure chains are not dragging on the ground
Check your tire pressure to avoid driving on an exposed wheel rim