Weekend wildfire watch - how to be prepared

With dry weather and windy conditions in the forecast, Cal Fire Butte County shares how people can be fire ready.

Posted: Apr 9, 2021 6:49 PM

BUTTE CO., Calif. - Cal Fire Butte County is saying that now is the time to start preparing for fire season.

Rick Carhart from Cal Fire Butte County tells Action News Now that you do not need a permit right now to burn debris.

“We haven’t had rain in a little while and things are starting to dry out a bit, so it’s really crucial for everybody to do everything they can to be fire safe,” said Carhart.

He advises people have 10 feet of clearance all the way down to dirt surrounding the area in their yard they are burning.

It is also important to have an adult present, a tool like a shovel to smother the fire and water nearby to put out the flames.

Vanessa Williams says she rebuilt her home after the Camp Fire, and this time with plenty of fire precautions.

"We ended up getting a 2,500 gallon tank that has a backup generator hooked to it and a fire hose,” said Williams. “We have two wells and we have cleared the lot of over 500 and something trees."

Carhart also says to use any powered equipment before it gets hot.

“If you are going to be mowing not so much your lawn, but mowing weeds in your yard or weeding or anything like that, try to get that stuff done before 10 in the morning,” said Carhart.

Another way to stay prepared in the case of a wildfire is to have a go-bag ready.

Dottie Chinnock lives in Paradise and has created a system for her go-bags.

“If you have five minutes take this. If you have 10 minutes take this. If you have 15 minutes you can take all of that; it's ready," Chinnock explained.

Cal Fire Butte County is currently working on multiple vegetation management projects that they have strategically located across county to do fuel reduction work to take out some of the heavy fuels.

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