Firefighters Return From Rim Fire, Prep for High Fire Danger in Bay Area

By Jodi Hernandez
|  Saturday, Sep 7, 2013  |  Updated 7:45 AM PDT
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Firefighters who helped battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite return to the Bay Area and prepare for high fire danger. Jodi Hernandez reports.

Firefighters who helped battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite return to the Bay Area and prepare for high fire danger. Jodi Hernandez reports.

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Bay Area firefighters have returned to the East Bay after spending two weeks battling the Rim Fire near Yosemite.

The fire crews upon return jumped right into gearing up for a high fire danger weekend back home in the Bay Area.

"This weekend is going to bring a warming trend, a drying and what's going to happen it's going to be 20 degrees warmer," said Lt. Mark Tait of the East Bay Regional Park Fire District.

With triple-digit temperatures in the forecast, coupled with dry vegetation throughout the Bay Area, firefighters said everyone needs to be on guard.

"Anything from a campfire, open flames, cigarettes, something that potentially can get into these dry fuels," said Mark Pollard of the East Bay Regional Park Fire District. "The potential's definitely there."

Things were already heating up on Friday, and plenty of folks were looking for ways to beat the heat, including taking an ice cream break.

"(I'm) looking forward to going to the pool a lot," said Zach Miller of Walnut Creek. "That's fun, cools me down, but the heat is sort of hard to deal with."

Meanwhile, firefighters plan to spend the weekend on patrol. After experiencing the Rim Fire, returning firefighters don't want a similar disaster happening in the Bay Area.

"The devastation of what a campfire or cigarette can do is devastating," Tait said. "The Rim Fire is now at 246,000 acres, third largest in California history and we definitely don't want that here in the Bay  Area."

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