Wind, Heat Make for Dangerous Fire Conditions

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GRANITE BAY-

Along with a red flag warning for high temperatures and wind, folks hanging out at Granite Bay’s Big Wake Weekend won’t be able to relax around a ground campfire.

“We don’t allow any open ground campfires in the state park at any time, even during regular conditions. We ask that people bring their barbecues contained with a switch and they can just shut it off,” said Richard Preston, park superintendent at Folsom Lake.

Miles west, Metro Fire crews put out what investigators believe someone started behind Spec West Concrete Systems in Rancho Cordova.

“One of the guys who works here in one of the businesses saw some teenagers on the railroad just before the fire started,” said Metro Fire Battalion Chief Chris Siler.

The homeless camp that burned near Spec West along with just one acre of land may seem like a small problem to some, but not to Chief Siler.

Crews were able to stop flames from reaching a nearby SMUD distribution center and spreading out of control.

With conditions already so harsh in this fire season,  they know they won’t be so lucky on every call.

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