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Fire danger warning issued for San Joaquin County

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Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013 2:10 pm

San Joaquin County and the Sacramento Valley are under a red flag warning through Saturday while strong winds and low humidity cause high fire danger. The National Weather Service issued the warning Friday with temperatures creeping toward 100 degrees.

CalFire will have additional firefighters on hand through the warning, which comes during an increasingly dangerous fire season.

“Even with some recent rain in Northern California, conditions remain much drier than normal,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CalFire director. “We have extra fire fighters available to respond to new wildfires, but now especially is when we need the publics help in preventing accidental wildfires.”

Fire officials are urging residents to take extreme caution outdoors in order to prevent wildfires. Here are some fire prevention tips from CalFire:

  • Don't mow or weed eat dry grass on windy days.
  • Make sure campfires are allowed, and if so, extinguish them completely.
  • Never burn landscape debris like leaves or branches on “no burn days” or when it's windy.
  • Take extra precautions with all powered equipment outdoors, including chainsaws, tractors and welders.
  • Target shoot only in approved areas, use lead ammunition only and never at metal targets.

For more ways to prevent and prepare for wildfires, visit readyforwildfires.org or fire.ca.gov.

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