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Warm, dry weather signals early start to fire season

Warm, dry weather across the valley continues this week, signaling an early start to fire season.

Posted: Feb 24, 2020 6:40 PM
Updated: Feb 24, 2020 6:42 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Warm, dry weather across the valley continues this week, signaling a possible early start to fire season.

Action News Now spoke to a man in Paradise, Jack Rosebush, he is getting ready to move into his new home soon and said he's doing everything he can to protect it.

"When we have fires in February, it's very concerning," Rosebush said.

Rosebush said he's already preparing for wildfire season.

Action New Now spoke with Cal Fire Captain, John Gaddie, he says unfortunately it has been a very unusually dry February but they are hoping we will get some rain in the next couple of months that could potentially help the fuel moisture.

Gaddie adds that some of their vegetation management projects and control burns have been put on hold because of the dry conditions.

"Fires are happening right now because of the lack of moisture, but we’ll see as the Spring and Summer comes what that’ll bring us.
We understand people are getting a little nervous, but you can start to get your house ready, and get your emergency kit ready. Take this time and this good weather to prepare yourself in case a wildfire impacts your house," Gaddie said. 

He says people should start getting their defensible space ready—clear away trees and brush and start preparing an evacuation plan in case of an emergency.

The captain adds that with these conditions, we could potentially already see small vegetation fires in our area. 

Cal Fire says the wildfire season usually starts late Spring or early Summer. 

RELATED: A dry February could increase wildfire danger in Northern California

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A hot week will transform into an even hotter weekend over northern California as high pressure stays in control of our weather. No rain is in the forecast, but it will cool a bit by late next week.
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