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Fire Season Continues Despite Wet Weather

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The rain this week is proving to be a blessing to firefighters. The rain soaked vegetation all around the area, but that doesn't mean fire season is a thing of the past .

“It (the rain) slowed it down, but it didn't end fire season,” said Batt. Chief Mike Heikka with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District. “We have a long way to go before the fire season is over.”

Battalion Chief Heikka says prior to this week's rain storm, fire danger was extreme. That is no longer the case. However, it's important to keep in mind that those conditions can change at any moment.

The dryer the weather, he says, the quicker vegetation can become dangerous again.

Keep in mind that fire restrictions still apply, whether it's no open burning, or campfires.                  

He says to always take extra precautions while spending the day outdoors.

Bring extra water just in case something ignites.   

“You can still hear how dry it is already,” said Heikka. “So it's not going to take much for this stuff to dry out and burn, especially when it is up and there is good air around it. It is going to dry out fairly quickly.”

Heikka says fire season doesn't really end, but towards the end of October is when things really calm down.
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