Rising Temperatures Spark Fears About Fire Danger in Bay Area - NBC Bay Area
East Bay

East Bay

The latest news from around the East Bay

Rising Temperatures Spark Fears About Fire Danger in Bay Area



    Heat Wave Hitting Bay Area Causes Concerns About Fire Danger

    Fire departments across the Bay Area are keeping a close eye on potential wildfires amid skyrocketing temperatures. Pete Suratos reports.

    (Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    It is sweltering in the Bay Area and the heat wave has prompted fears about fire danger.

    Fire departments across the area are keeping a close eye on wildfires amid skyrocketing temperatures.

    Places like Dinosaur Park in Pleasant Hill are seeing a good amount of grass and weeds, following the heavy rain. But firefighters worry the heat will cause the grass to turn brown in no time, posing a potential fire hazard.

    To that end, Contra Costa County officials have already begun sending weed abatement notices to homes in the area. Residents are asked to comply by mid-June.

    “We always encourage people to be careful of smoking materials, of parking vehicles on unabated grass and weeds like this, and to be careful using lawn mowers that aren’t designed for weed whacking because they can actually strike a rock and cause a spark and ignite a fire,” said George Laing, a spokesman for the Contra Costa Fire Protection District.

    Get the latest from NBC Bay Area anywhere, anytime
    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android