June 30, 2022

Bay Area wildfires: Marin County firefighters launch large controlled burn to reduce wildfire threat

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — Within the North Bay, one of many largest wildfire prevention efforts this season is going on, dozens of acres are a part of a controlled burn to create an enormous firebreak close to communities. It was additionally first-hand coaching for brand spanking new firefighters who could also be wanted in the course of the lengthy, scorching summer time.

The mission was to ignite and burn nearly each inch of this dry Novato hillside.

Greater than 100 firefighters from throughout Marin County we’re collaborating in an enormous controlled burn Thursday, the most important of the season.

“We’re going to burn as much as one hundred acres if the prescription keeps up,” stated Marin County Fireplace Division Battalion Chief Todd Overshiner.

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The objective is to create an enormous fireplace break in a area that hasn’t seen a significant fireplace in years, however the drought is upping the chance elements.

“Everything is drying out already, coming close to heading to critical levels here in the next month,” he added.

This burn was additionally a real-time coaching class for 40 new seasonal firefighters like Jake Murphy who’ll seemingly be wanted this summer time.

“California’s such a beautiful place, to be a part of a group protecting structures and land, it’s one of my motivations,” Murphy stated.

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Firefighter Christian Reyes was serving to to prepare the brand new recruits, instructing them how to handle an enormous swath of defensible area which might assist cease wildfires this season.

“We’re obviously helping our community by lowing the amount of fuels that we have,” Reyes stated.

The controlled burn will proceed on Friday.

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