Crews keep busy with evening fire near Forest Ranch

Apr 19, 2016 2:05 AM by Darren Leeds

A brush fire kept crews busy Monday evening.

The one to two acre fire erupted just off Burgundy Lane. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Scott Jones says the call came in around 6pm Monday evening from a resident who noticed smoke behind his house. Crews were able to put out the fire which only burned brush and other plant material.
Jones says the fire had the potential to spread but they had it contained by 8pm. Despite the good rain in March, fuels on the ground are still very dry.

Jones says, "The public might have a false perception based on the amount of rain that we've gotten this season, but we're still coming out of a four year drought. The fuels are still at critical levels. It only takes a couple of days with some good winds to dry everything out and you can see what happens."

No homes were threatened by the fire. Crews said they would continue mop up efforts until every ember is extinguished.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Jones says if we're already seeing fires this early in the season, he doesn't think it's a good sign of things to come later in the year.


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