Falls begins but Cal Fire is still warning about potential fire risks

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A car fire on Laureles Grade Thursday afternoon highlighted the extreme fire danger California continues to be, despite fall arriving and a couple of inches of rain dropping last weekend.Video Player: Aftermath of a car fire that spread to vegetation in Carmel Valley Cal Fire ordered a full wildland response around 2 p.m. after a car started an uphill fire on Laureles Grade prompting that full air and ground attack.“We did have a rapid response Monterey county regional did phenomenal size up when they got here we did have structures out in front of this they set up a structure group immediately to mitigate the structure threat and crews made quick work of stopping the forward progress of this fire,” said Cal Fire firefighter Curtis Rhodes.Firefighters were able to stop the fire at two acres with their quick attack. The fire started when a motorist swerved to avoid another vehicle and crashed into the hillside. Firefighters say despite last weekend’s rain it did little to get us out of fire danger.“The limited amount of rain that we got here in the San Benito-Monterey unit really didn’t help anything except our light flashy fuels and you can see with these warm days it quickly dries out it only takes a couple of days to be primed ready to burn again,” said Rhodes.However, the little rain we did get last weekend helped in the firefight against larger fires burning around the state. Local resources that were sent to help fight those fires have now returned home. Local units are fully staffed and Cal Fire is now looking to do a control burn outside Hollister, roughly 900 acres that were postponed last week.“We have the people, the resources so we can be successful in clearing some of these projects that were looking at getting done and taking care of some of the hazard mitigation and some of the dead and downed fuels,” said Cal Fire chief, George Nunez.Nunez said that the control burn should start Tuesday and take three-days to complete but he added the controlled burn could be put on hold again depending on weather conditions and all available firefighting resources are available

A car fire on Laureles Grade Thursday afternoon highlighted the extreme fire danger California continues to be, despite fall arriving and a couple of inches of rain dropping last weekend.

Video Player: Aftermath of a car fire that spread to vegetation in Carmel Valley

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Cal Fire ordered a full wildland response around 2 p.m. after a car started an uphill fire on Laureles Grade prompting that full air and ground attack.

“We did have a rapid response Monterey county regional did phenomenal size up when they got here we did have structures out in front of this they set up a structure group immediately to mitigate the structure threat and crews made quick work of stopping the forward progress of this fire,” said Cal Fire firefighter Curtis Rhodes.

Firefighters were able to stop the fire at two acres with their quick attack. The fire started when a motorist swerved to avoid another vehicle and crashed into the hillside. Firefighters say despite last weekend’s rain it did little to get us out of fire danger.

“The limited amount of rain that we got here in the San Benito-Monterey unit really didn’t help anything except our light flashy fuels and you can see with these warm days it quickly dries out it only takes a couple of days to be primed ready to burn again,” said Rhodes.

However, the little rain we did get last weekend helped in the firefight against larger fires burning around the state. Local resources that were sent to help fight those fires have now returned home. Local units are fully staffed and Cal Fire is now looking to do a control burn outside Hollister, roughly 900 acres that were postponed last week.

“We have the people, the resources so we can be successful in clearing some of these projects that were looking at getting done and taking care of some of the hazard mitigation and some of the dead and downed fuels,” said Cal Fire chief, George Nunez.

Nunez said that the control burn should start Tuesday and take three-days to complete but he added the controlled burn could be put on hold again depending on weather conditions and all available firefighting resources are available

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