Fire danger high in foothills of Cohasset

People living in Cohasset are taking extra precautions to be ready in the case of a wildfire.

Posted: Aug 2, 2021 6:40 PM
Updated: Aug 2, 2021 6:46 PM

COHASSET, Calif. - Since 2018, wildfires have scorched nearly all of the different areas of the Butte County foothills.

Rick Carhart from CAL FIRE Butte County told Action News Now regrowth can start happening almost immediately, especially for grass fires.

Carhart said the length of protection a fire provides depends on how intensely the fire burned.

Also, the type of plants that regrow can make a difference. Fewer tall trees after a fire can mean more brush on the ground.

Even though over 700,000 acres have burned in Butte County there are still many areas that have not burned. This includes places like Cohasset and Forest Ranch.

"Some places in there haven't burned in decades so there are areas of concern with a lot of fuel and a lot of growth in there that is susceptible to burning,” said Carhart.

A fire happening up in Cohasset is a real fear for Amber Carter who has lived up there her entire life.

"Just the thought of it is scary,” said Carter. “Because to lose our community, this has been my home for so long."

Carter was in tears over the idea of a fire burning in the tight-knit Cohasset community.

"I can't imagine what other people are going through like our little community has been so blessed, so blessed,” Carter told Action News Now.

Carter is always packed and ready to go, and the CAL FIRE station in the middle of Cohasset maintain all this vegetation.

"They make sure we are safe,” said Carter. “They come around and they inspect our properties and they let us know this is what you can work on, this is what you can do and they make sure that they have our backs."

Carhart told Action News Now that they are being proactive.

“We are really just trying to be proactive and get out there and treat those areas so that hopefully we can make them so that they do not become devastating fires,” said Carhart.

Right now, Cohasset only has one evacuation route.

"It's the only road in and out, but we will make it work,” said Carter.

The county did make some improvements on the road last year, making the road a lot smoother.

"Nobody is going to be left behind in this community. Everybody is going to make it out,” said Carter.

"We're very fortunate and very blessed that we haven't had any fires, but we are always ready."

Click here for resources for how you can be prepared in the case of a major fire.

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