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Concow fire burned where Fire Safe treatment took place and was quickly contained

"Just to know that ten days ago the weeds were over four feet tall," said Brenda Rightmyer, right after neighbors and CAL FIRE crews quickly contained a new fire in Concow.

Posted: Aug 22, 2020 1:52 PM
Updated: Aug 22, 2020 10:58 PM

CONCOW, Calif. - The Hoffman Fire started near Camelot in Concow on Saturday, but the area had recently been treated by a fire safe prescription by the local Fire Safe Council. One of the volunteers of the Fire Safe Council thinks the treatment made all the difference.

Air support was immediately requested, but because of the thick smoke, the fire retardant drop was canceled due to a lack of visibility.

Crews are spread thin across the state as California has more than 500 fires.

"Normally we would just have a typical vegetation fire dispatch," said CAL FIRE Public Information Officer Rick Carhart. "But now it's a matter of scrambling, and finding, we've got the resources, we're sure we have the resources to respond to things like this. But it stretches it even thinner."

Carhart said three fire engines had to divert their other fires from to tackle the one in Concow.

Two volunteer crews stepped in to help with the fire, along with some neighbors.

"They did a great job of getting this stopped," said Carhart praising fire crews. "Because this Camelot area of Concow is an area with a lot of fire history," he continued.

Brenda Rightmyer knows its history all too well. She is involved with the community Fire Safe Council, that recently treated the area where the fire was quickly contained.

It was only recently that this vegetation was trimmed, or Rightmyer says this fire could've been a lot harder to fight.

"Just to know that ten days ago the weeds were over four feet tall," said Rightmyer, talking about the vegetation trimming. "I'm just tickled that stuff can work."

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CONCOW, Calif. - A new fire has been reported in Concow. It was reported at approximately 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.

The fire is at Hoffman Rd. and Concow Road.

Action News Now has a reporter on the way to the scene, traveling with a CAL FIRE Public Information Officer. As soon as we get more information we will post it here.

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