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Fire safety stressed at Butte County Fair in Gridley

It was nothing but smiles and laughter at the 75th Butte County Fair and CAL FIRE thought this would be a great opportunity to connect with the community, especially with the large fires happening in our area.

Posted: Aug 29, 2021 7:25 PM
Updated: Aug 30, 2021 11:44 AM

GRIDLEY, Calif. - It was nothing but smiles and laughter at the 75th Butte County Fair and CAL FIRE thought this would be a great opportunity to connect with the community, especially with the large fires happening in our area.

Many people were stopping by, asking CAL FIRE personnel questions, and picking up packets of information about fire safety.

The CAL FIRE team told Action News Now that compared to years past, a lot more people were coming up to their booth and grabbing pamphlets about wildfire safety and preparation.

CAL FIRE Public Information Officer Rick Carhart says along with bringing people to comfort about what crews are doing on the fire line, they are bringing people information about what they can do so they don’t start the next fire.

“There’s a lot of interest in the fires that are nearby the Dixie Fire and also the fires down south like the Caldor Fire,” Carhart said. “People are really interested because all of these fires really affect all of the North State. People up here have family, friends and others that live near El Dorado. This whole Northern California community is an amazing community, but it really is a community.”

The CAL FIRE booth had everything from homeowner checklists and defensible space requirements to fun items like coloring books and stickers.

The biggest question they have been getting is, “How can I help?”

Their answer is always, “Create defensible space around your home, no matter where you live.”

The Butte County Fair is open until 11 p.m. on Sunday.

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