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Con Fire Ramps Up Wildfire Responses; Urges Resident Precautions

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From the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District:

CONCORD, CALIF., June 7, 2023 – Contra Costa County Fire Protection District today announced
return to full fire responses for all grass, vegetation, and wildland fires across the district because of the arrival of seasonal fire weather.

Full responses include a minimum of five firefighting apparatus and crews. Since November 16, 2022, such responses had been limited to a single engine based o the reduced threat during winter months.

Con Fire also reminds of the now passed June 4 deadline for completion of all weed abatement and
urges residents to protect their families, homes and neighbors by doing this important work if not
already completed. These are the single most important things owners can do to ensure firefighters
have the time and ability to better defend their properties from wildfires. If not already done, now is the time to ensure properties meet or exceed – and continue to meet or exceed throughout
seasonal fire danger weather – all weed abatement and defensible space requirements.

Fire prevention inspectors this week are conducting compliance inspections across the district, and
issuing citations if necessary for non-compliant properties that put owners and their neighbors in
danger. After a brief notification process, properties in continued violation will be abated by the
district at considerable owner expense that will appear as a tax lien on their property.

“Seasonal fire danger is once again upon us, later than in recent years, but potentially more
dangerous with what will clearly be an abundant crop of dried fuels resulting from winter rains,” said Fire Chief Lewis Broschard, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. “I urge all residents to prepare for wildfires now by practicing weed abatement and defensible space creation and reviewing plans for evacuation, including learning your new evacuation zone.”

“Experience shows the resident who abates weeds, creates defensible space, and hardens structures to resist wind blown embers today can make a difference. Owner preparation of properties is the single most effective thing that can be done to save homes and businesses from wildfire threats,” said Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal Chris Bachman, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. “Investment in fire safe preparation today can buy the time tomorrow for firefighters to arrive and protect homes and businesses from wildfire loss.”

This year’s return to full vegetation fire responses comes a few weeks later than the previous year
owing to extended rainy spring weather. Though a delayed start, spring rains, preceded by winter
rains are resulting in an exceptional crop of vegetation across the county and the threat of a
challenging wildfire season.

In addition to increasing response levels for all grass, vegetation and wildland fires, Con Fire is
adjusting staffing levels, adding two Crew 12, 16-person hand crew teams for seven-day-per-week
availability. Heavy equipment crews are also being upstaffed to provide early-season fire trail
maintenance as well as vegetation fire responses.

Residents are encouraged to learn and note their zone for reference in an emergency by visiting

Detailed information on protecting homes and businesses from wildfire dangers, including weed
abatement deadlines and preparing now for the possibility of evacuation can be found on the
district’s website at https://www.cccfpd.org/wildfire-prep/

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