Cal Fire: Fire season not over

Cal Fire has a message for North Coast residents: Fire season isn’t over and shows no signs of ending.

Earlier his week, Cal Fire suspended the winter burn season until further notice in the Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, which covers Sonoma, Lake, Napa and portions of Colusa, Solano and Yolo counties.

And Cal Fire has added five additional seasonal firefighters to the Unit so the agency can staff additional engines if necessary.

The Glen Ellen station is not currently staffed, but Cal Fire has a station always staffed in Petaluma and has staffed an additional station in Santa Rosa that’s usually closed at this time, to help cover the area.

Suzie Blankenship, a Cal Fire fire prevention specialist in the Unit, said that in November and December 2012, Cal Fire doused five vegetation fires in the Unit, while this year, in the same two-month span, that number went up to 91 vegetation fires. “That’s a huge increase,” she said.

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