Fire station clear after mold scare |

Fire station clear after mold scare

The Martis Valley station shared by Calfire and the Truckee Fire Protection District has been deemed safe after a mold scare, but Calfire officials do not yet know whether the state agency will restaff the station before next fire season.

Meanwhile, the Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has postponed its seasonal staff downsizing from Nov. 12 to Dec. 3, maintaining an additional 70 people and five engines on the chance of any more flare-ups in Southern California, said Calfire Battalion Chief Doug Rinella.

“We will be better prepared to meet the call where ever, but primarily we are concerned about Southern California,” Rinella said.

But whether the additional staffing would require the re-opening of the Martis station has not yet been decided, he said.

“If we get the rain or snow predicted, I have a feeling we won’t,” Rinella said.

Calfire left the station earlier than usual on Oct. 10 after concerns over mold were raised. But testing has shown the mold to be at safe levels, he said. Truckee Fire personnel remained working on their side of the facility.

“We got the report back ” it came back unremarkable, meaning the mold samples were the same as the air outside,” Rinella said.

Repairs to the station to prevent further mold are still planned for next spring, and Calfire anticipates re-staffing for next season, he said.

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