Recent precipitation has prompted the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) to declare an end to heightened seasonal wildfire danger.
Con Fire has reduced initial vegetation fire responses to a single fire engine.
“The decision to reduce responses came last week after several soaking rains,” District officials said.
Heightened fire danger was first announced on May 6 and lasted 187 days, which is six days shorter than last year’s fire danger period. During those 187 days, Con Fire responded to 1,718 grass, vegetation, and other exterior fires, a 12 percent increase over last year, according to the district. The majority of this year’s fires were held to less than 10 acres.
The County fared well thanks to fire service preparation and planning, resident paticipation, early reporting, rapid and overwhelming responses and favorable weather patterns, according to Con Fire.
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