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Cal Fire warns of wet winter conditions during holiday travel

Cal Fire is reminding people to stay safe during holiday travel, especially with wet winter conditions on the way.

Posted: Nov 24, 2019 5:12 PM
Updated: Nov 24, 2019 5:15 PM

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - Cal Fire is reminding people to stay safe during holiday travel, especially with wet winter conditions on the way.

Carol Kaiser lives in Chico and says she has had some scary encounters on winter roads before. 

"Yeah, I have slid off the ice, back in Wyoming it was a scary thing and I don't want to wish that on anyone," said Kaiser. 

Kaiser added to be extra cautious while driving. 

"You got to be really careful, actually the most dangerous time is when it is between 32 to 34 degrees because of the black ice. I was a commercial truck driver for many years," said Kaiser, whose husband has already slipped on ice in Weed.

Kaiser says the best thing to do is drive slow. 

"Yeah, just slow down especially on the curves, and the slow lanes are more dangerous than the middle lanes, because the slush and everything gets pushed there, so I always go in the middle lane," said Kaiser. 

Cal Fire Captain John Gaddie agrees. 

"Be patient, you know we are coming up with the holidays right now, so people are eager to get where they want to be safe to get there. So just take your time, be patient with everyone it is the holiday season. So increase braking distance, slow down, and arrive safely," said Gaddie. 

Gaddie says the first major rain of the year usually does mean more accidents. 

"Regardless of the Thanksgiving holiday coming up usually the first rains, people aren't used to driving, they have been driving on dry roads for so long, and once it is wetter and that grease and oil come up we do see and increase in accidents," said Gaddie. 

Even though the wet weather is on the horizon, Gaddie still wants to remind people that it is still high fire danger and burning is still not allowed. 

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