Mock Fire Drill as Residents Prepares for Worst

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GRIZZLY FLATS-

Residents of the Grizzly Flats community in El Dorado County know they got dodged a fire bullet last year.

"We were very lucky, very lucky," resident Jodi Lauther said.

The Grizzly Flats area avoided three fires in the area last summer, including the King Fire that burned 97,000 acres destroying many homes.

Friday, the Grizzly Flats Fire Safety Council held a "table top drill," where it invited other fire agency's, police, and those who run shelters and churches in the area as they created a mock scenario of a wild fire.

"Now they will know the community, the topography, and being well ahead of what they would need to know if a fire broke out here," said Mark Almer, chair of the safety council and former Roseville Fire Inspector.

Officials have warned that the dry conditions may lead to one of, if not the worst fire season on record in the state of California.

To date, CAL FIRE has responded to 150 fires statewide.