Rock fire fully contained, could signal early start to fire season

According to Calfire incident page there is a fire burning south east of Shingletown.

Posted: Mar 28, 2018 9:23 AM
Updated: Mar 29, 2018 6:23 PM

Shasta County Calif.-- Crews were able to fully contain the Rock Fire which broke out southeast of Shingletown Tuesday.

An investigator for Cal Fire says the fire may have originated from a debris burn that got out of control.

Despite recent rains, the fire was able to grow to 11 acres.

And while it wasn't a huge fire, Redding Fire Chief Gerry Gray said it could be an indication of what the north state can expect this upcoming fire season.

“We are now experiencing nearly year-round fire season conditions,” Gray said. “Certainly during the summer months, we're going to see conditions worsen. But we're seeing these early glimpses of what fire season might be now.”

Gray said he wasn't surprised to hear the fire broke out so early in the year.

“We have seen may burning operations that have escaped and have caused damage,” Gray said. “So certainly our residents need to very careful, very cognizant during the season.”

He says recent rains and green grass may give some residents a false sense of fire security, but they need to be careful year-round.

“A lot of the green is still out there,” Gray said. “But it will turn quickly depending on these conditions and we'll be in full blown fire season probably by June.”

He says it's never too early for residents to get out on their property and make defensible space around their homes.

“The official start might be later in the year, but the burning conditions are here,” Gray said. “So don't let your guard down, prep your property, protect your home. And again, you provide the defense and we'll provide the offense.”

Burn season starts up again April 1.

You can click here for information on how to build defensible space around your home.

And click here to learn how to safely burn debris on your property and make sure it doesn't cause damage to your home, or worse take a life.

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Shasta County Calif.—According to Calfire incident page there is a fire burning south east of Shingletown.

The Rock Fire is on Rock Creek Road.

It is currently 75% contained as of 8:45 a.m.

The Rock Fire has burned 11 acres.

This is a developing story. We will update you as more information comes available.

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