With firefighters gone, it’s time for extra caution | SierraSun.com

With firefighters gone, it’s time for extra caution

Firefighters from Northern California are answering the call for help in San Diego as fires there reach an epic scale, burning more than 500,000 acres. As is the case for all major fires, agencies work together to appropriate personnel and equipment where it is needed, and do their best to stop the spread of fires, especially as they spread in suburban neighborhoods.

Truckee-area agencies are no exception.

At least two firefighters from the Truckee Fire District headed south this week, and more than 100 firefighters from the Nevada-Yuba-Placer region of the California Department of Forestry, along with 17 of their 20 trucks, have made the road trip, and are lending a hand. Not to mention Nevada firefighters who often help when wildfires break out across the border in the Sierra.

What does this mean for us?

Extra vigilance is required of locals who use wild land. Campers who would normally set fires need to abstain. Motorcyclists and firearms enthusiasts need to be aware of the hazards that surround us, and take extra precautions.

Truckee dodged a bullet last week with the Donner Fire. Without the overwhelming response that local firefighters provided (along with the Tahoe Donner Homeowners Association’s preventative forestry efforts), that fire may have spread into the Tahoe Donner subdivision.

Coming off the heals of a “red alert” for the foothills, and down personnel and equipment, now is the time to use extra precaution in our area. It’s part of the responsibility of living in a mountain town.

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