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High Fire Danger Due To Winds And Heat


Due to extremely dry and hot temperatures and high winds, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning across the region. These weather conditions could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in fire activity.

Daniel Berlant with Cal Fire says it's important for people to avoid doing anything that could cause a spark.

"On days like today it's real important that residents don't go out using a weed trimmer or lawn mower on dry grass," Berlant says. "These are the type of days those could actually spark a fire. We really want homeowners to be extra cautious outdoors anything with an open flame or that could cause a spark, you've got to be critical with because it's not gonna take much for a fire to quickly grow out of control." 

Cal Fire brought back seasonal firefighters in January. This season has already been much busier than normal.

Meanwhile, CalFire has downgraded the size of the Hunters Fire in Mariposa County. The agency says thanks to better mapping, it estimates the fire has burned 677 acres, rather than the 1,300 originally reported.

The fire, which is burning in rugged, steep terrain, is now 60 percent contained. Evacuation orders for about 50 residents have been lifted.


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