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High Winds Herald Early Fire Season
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The unseasonably warm weather and whipping winds blasting the Central Valley are making quick work of the fuel surrounding the hills and valleys, sucking out any hint of moisture that may have held off the fire season. That means there's been no respite for the parched region and fire agencies are gearing up for one hot and dangerous summer.

Already fire crews have been called out to several river bottom fires, both in Oakdale and Riverbank, as well as smaller grass fire incidents as the dry as tinder brush and grass provide perfect conditions for a raging wildland fire.

But it isn't only the hills and valleys that have fire crews anxious - foreclosed homes with thigh high weeds pose a particularly distressing problem as there is no one to address the issue by doing prescribed weed abatement.