A Los Angeles Times article published on January 18, 2014, describes the preventive steps the State of California has taken to contain forest fires, which have been exacerbated by recent dry conditions. The following excerpt provides more information:
“The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has responded to 150 wildfires so far. During the same period last January, there were none, and the historic average is 25.
Fire officials pointed to coastal fires in Humboldt and San Mateo counties in the last two weeks as examples of the conditions they’re facing. The Humboldt fire spread across 333 acres in four days, shocking firefighters because the region is usually damp with rain at this time of year.
Across California, vegetation that typically rehydrates with rain between December and April continues to get dryer and more dangerous. The fires so far this winter have been relatively moderate compared with some of the state’s largest, but officials worry that the fires will get worse as the fuel gets even dryer.”
The unusual summer-like conditions the state is currently experiencing has put a lot of households in great danger. One measure Californians can observe is to be careful on the roads. Campers should practice safe towing, and avoid dragging chains on the roads that will throw sparks on dry vegetation.
Campers are also advised to check their tire pressure, as driving on exposed wheel rims will also throw sparks. Homeowners can safeguard their homes from future wildfires by having Class A rated Folsom, CA roofing systems installed on their homes. Contractors from reputable companies like Yancey Home Improvements can install systems like GAF’s Weather Stopper 3-Part Roof Protection System.
According to experienced contractors from roofing companies in Elk Grove, GAF’s Weather Stopper 3-Part Roof Protection System has an effective leak barrier and offers enhanced roof deck protection. All GAF shingles carry a Class A fire rating, and are installed with adhesives that seal each shingle and reduce the risk of shingle blow-off. Interested homeowners should talk with trusted roofers to get their roofing systems replaced.
(Article Information and Image from California drought brings ‘unprecedented’ fire danger; Los Angeles Times; January 18, 2014)