Bay Area Firefighters on Alert, Prepare for Active Fire Season

By Marianne Favro
|  Monday, May 12, 2014  |  Updated 5:48 PM PDT
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Bay Area firefighters are on alert as dry brush is becoming a big concern as temperatures rise across the region. Marianne Favro reports.

Bay Area firefighters are on alert as dry brush is becoming a big concern as temperatures rise across the region. Marianne Favro reports.

Bay Area firefighters are on alert as dry brush is becoming a big concern with temperatures rising across the region.

Calfire officials said in the past two weeks crews have responded daily to brush fires throughout the region.

"We are looking at vegetation that is dried out and several months ahead of where it should be this time of year," said Brandon Leitzke of Calfire.

All Calfire stations this week are fully staffed, officials said.

In Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties, 40 additional firefighters have been added to respond to what is expected to be an active fire season.

Firefighters said the best way to protect your home is to create defensible space around it by clearing vegetation 30 feet from your home and reduce fuels by another 70 feet.

San Martin-resident Lee Ann Guelker said she is plowing out her tall grass early this year in preparation for the fire season.

"I'm afraid the flames will lead to homes nearby burning up because it is so dry everywhere," Guelker said.

Visit Calfire's website for more fire prevention tips.

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