Salt Fire near Copperopolis in Calaveras County, Sept. 5, 2012
CALAVERAS COUNTY, CA - Armed with a forecast of possible dry lightning strikes, Cal Fire put on extra staffing Wednesday and crews have been busy.
For example, there have been seven confirmed lightning-caused fires in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, said Cal Fire spokeswoman Lisa Williams. The SALT Fire, at 84 acres, was the largest at Salt Spring Valley Road and Hunt Road about 13 miles north of Copperopolis. By late afternoon, fire crews had fully contained the fire and no buildings were threatened, Williams said.
The six other fires were contained to one acre or less, Williams said.
Cal Fire reminded:
· Any mowing or weed eating should be done before 10 a.m. (and never during extremely dry or windy conditions).
· Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation.
· Ensure campfires are permitted and, if so, be sure to extinguish them completely when done.
· Never pull your vehicle over in tall dry grass.