Wildfires have scorched more than 4 million acres in California this fire season, shattering records for the amount of burnt earth in a single year. It's been a rough fire season locally as well, as vegetation fires rose 63% over last year within the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.
But thanks to a combination of efforts, including a high level of preparedness, aggressive mitigation activities and the awareness and contributions of residents, not one of the 412 vegetation fires in the district through September charred more than 10 acres nor resulted in a fatality.
"People should realize it's not for lack of fires that we've had good fortune here. Every one of those fires could have gotten away from us," ConFire spokesman Steve Hill said. "Just because we haven't had a devastating wildfire here, we should not feel immune."
Especially fortunate this year has been Lafayette, which experienced only one vegetation fire.