Fire season begins with multiple fires around county
The first fire on May 31 began at 3:48 p.m. in the hills behind Susanville Ranch Park. CAL FIRE and the Susanville Fire Department responded to the fire, along with CAL FIRE Helitack unit 202, which dropped water on the fire. No damage or injuries were reported from the fire, which was only about 100 feet by 50 feet.
At 4:04 p.m. a quarter-acre fire on Lassen National Forest near Poison Lake was called in. LNF rangers were able to handle the blaze on their own, which was caused by lightning.
At 4:48 p.m. another lightning-caused fire was reported near Eagle Lake Road. LNF and CAL FIRE responded to the fire, which was nothing more than a single tree struck by lightning along with a spot fire on the ground nearby.
At 7:48 p.m. 12 separate lightning-caused fires were reported in the Minden district near Hallelujah Junction. Each fire was small in nature, but some required immediate response or could get out of hand. Responding agencies included BLM, CAL FIRE, Janesville Fire Department, Susanville Fire Department, Standish-Litchfield Fire Department, Susan River Fire Department and California Correctional Center.
The biggest fire of the week was a roughly 10-acre vegetation fire on Wednesday, May 30 at about 7:14 p.m. in Janesville.
The fire occurred amidst multiple houses in Janesville, in the area of Honey Girl Road, according to SIFC. The fire only burned vegetation, despite being near so many homes. No property damage or injuries were reported.
Responding fire agencies included JFD, CAL FIRE, Susan River, CCC, Standish-Litchfield, Milford Fire Department, SFD, and the U.S. Forest Service. The cause is still undetermined at this time, but members attending Honey Lake Assembly of God, reported they saw lightning strike ground and start to smoke. One member called 911 to report the fire.
Seven smaller fires were reported at the same time near Hallelujah Junction, in the Peterson Mountain Range, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30. All fires were classified as vegetation fires, and while the cause of these multiple fires is still undetermined, sources at SIFC reported the fires were allegedly related to multiple lightning strikes.
Responding agencies included BLM, CAL FIRE, the Doyle Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service. The fires were contained quickly and most of the agencies were released, some heading off to help a reported fire near Carson City, Nev.
Another fire occurred at 9:49 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29. It was a vehicle fire, located at the top of Shaffer Mountain. The owner of the vehicle was still present when responding agencies arrived on the scene. Agencies responding included CAL FIRE, Bureau of Land Management, CCC crews and Standish-Litchfield.
The vehicle was totally destroyed by the fire, which also burned a small patch of nearby vegetation. The cause of the vehicle fire has yet to be determined. No injuries were reported.
The earliest fire recorded by SIFC during the week was a half-acre vegetation fire in Janesville at approximately 3:24 p.m. on Monday, May 28. The vegetation fire was caused from an escaped control burn located at the corners of Hyatt and County Road A-3. Responding agencies included the Janesville Fire Department, CAL FIRE, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Susan River Fire Protection District. Besides the nearby vegetation, no damage or injuries were reported.
The Lassen County fire agencies said they would like to warn people to be careful with fire. The lack of moisture and the warmer conditions can cause trouble when people aren’t careful. While the weather has become warmer in recent months, it’s still important to have a good clearance both around debris piles and around heaters inside any type of structure.
Remember, 100-foot clearances around structures are required by local fire agencies and the state of California. The first 30 feet is a good clearance, and the next 70 feet is good for spacing between trees and brush.
Also please remember that burn permits are now required for any and all debris burning, from now until about the end of June. Exercise caution when burning, as you are still liable for any damage that may result from an out of control burn. Always be present with the appropriate firefighting tools near a controlled burn, and use discretion and better judgment on windy or warm days.
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