Few fire incidents over long holiday weekend

July 8, 2014 

A fire — named the Little Lake Fire — was reported to Cal Fire at 12:46 a.m., Monday, June 7 on Little Lake Road, east of Jean Road West. A full wildland team responded to the scene, which burned six acres and was fully contained at 2:31 a.m.

"The home was originally threatened," Karen Guillemin-Kanawyer, Fire Prevention Specialist for Cal Fire said, "but because the property owners had created an incredible defensible space, the firefighters were able to knock the fire down fairly quickly and easily."

According to Cal Fire, there were no injuries, no structures were involved and only oak, brush and grass burned. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

A quiet fourth of July

Twenty- five volunteers in Fire Prevention (VIP) amateur radio operators (HAMs) provided staffing for the Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa Merced Units annual Red Flag Patrol operation.

The VIPs fielded 10 mobile patrol units and one base station creating an effective fire prevention and loss reduction education force for Cal Fire.

By saturating areas during critical fire weather or holidays, the VIP patrols provide Cal Fire with additional "eyes and ears" for heightened awareness for the public, and to report fires in their early stages, identify and report situations that may cause fires, and to be highly visible to serve as a deterrent to arsonists.

The decision to activate the Red Flag Patrols is made by Cal Fire, based on weather and fuel conditions. Each patrol is made up of VIPs in radio-equipped mobile units assigned to designated routes. These patrols were activated for July 4 and 5, covering 2,900 miles and providing 345 hours of donated time.

For information on becoming a Volunteer in Prevention, stop by your nearest Cal Fire station, visit the Cal Fire website at fire.ca.gov, or contact Karen Guillemin-Kanawyer, (209) 742-1928.

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