LIVERMORE, CA — As Californians heed the warning of another intense wildfire season, “Peak Wildland Fire Season 2022” in the Tri-Valley was officially declared effective Monday, fire officials said.
Chief Joe Testa with the Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department said fire season is year round. Peak season is the focus right now.
“During peak season, we respond an additional wildland fire engine and Battalion Chief with all vegetation fire calls. We also heighten readiness by checking gear, access points, and by keeping our wildland fire engines with us (in tandem) on high fire danger days,” he said.
Local conditions don’t change drastically from year to year as most of the hills are surrounded by season grasses burning the same annually, Testa said. But on a larger scale, Testa echos the predictions.
“Significant wildfires are expected this year. With the tree death situation, it’s not good,” he said.
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On the prevention side of wildfires, Testa reminds residents of what they can do to not add to the risk.
“People who live in or near the wildland interface, where wild land touches or is near your neighborhood, you should keep fuels away from your house – things like piles of firewood, plastics, dry brush in your yard and debri,” he said.
If planning a to build or remodel, Testa recommends people to think of using fire-safe products.
Now is the time to create your safety box if you haven’t already, Testa said. Have medicines and food for you and your pets packed and regular essentials to get you through an evacuation. Testa also suggests backing your car into your driveway so you can leave quickly during an evacuation.
Power outages are to be expected during fires and people should have a plan if they can’t open their garage doors, Testa said.
In response to fires, make sure you’re signed up for alerts and evacuation plans- visit Cal Fire here.
Already within the past week, there have been multiple fires in the Tri-Valley. Most recently, a vegetation fire ignited Monday afternoon in Dublin. Earlier in the day, a vineyard caught fire in Livermore. Firefighters were able to get control of both.
Firefighters in Livermore battled a 132-acre vegetation fire on May 15 near eastbound I-580 by North Flynn Road.
On May 13, a bird crashed into an electrical wire and caused a vegetation fire in Pleasanton.