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Firefighters conduct controlled burns despite high temperatures

Although there are high forecasted temperatures for the week, fire officials just wrapped up a controlled burn in Tehama County on Wednesday.

Posted: Jul 25, 2019 12:40 PM

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. -Although there are high forecasted temperatures for the week, fire officials just wrapped up a controlled burn in Tehama County on Wednesday.

CAL FIRE crews conducted a 60-acre controlled burn off Highway 36, just past Red Bluff, on Wednesday. 

This controlled burn took place between Red Bluff and Payne's Creek on both sides of State Highway 36. Many were wondering if, with the heat and dry conditions settling in this summer, that a control burn might be too dangerous.

However, CAL FIRE Tehema-Glenn Unit's public information officer, Kevin Colburn, insists they only do the burn in the safest of conditions.

"We're doing this to prevent a larger fire," he said. "So, we have to meet a certain prescription. If we don't think it's safe to burn, then we're not going to burn. It's not just, 'hey lets go out and light the grass on fire.' If we don't think it's safe, we can stop it to the minute of us about to start ignition."

Colburn said there are no planned control burns in the near future and there will likely be very few in the coming months due to the dry, hot weather kicking in.

"I'm sure they watch the weather because things can really get away from you in a hurry with fire so I'm sure they know what they're doing," said Ron Michaelis, a resident in Red Bluff. 

The burn on Wednesday was done to prevent roadside fires caused by vehicles traveling down the highway.

Colburn says the most common reasons for fires along the highway are from dragging chains and bad catalytic converters. However, he does have a few suggestions for what you can do to prevent fires on the road.

"If you have a trailer, just make sure those chains are up," Colburn said. "Put a chain guard on it that keeps it from dragging. Just make sure your vehicles are running sound not like breaking down from somewhere."

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