It’s only the first week of May, but we are already seeing a red flag warning in parts of the Bay Area, where there is elevated fire danger.
Now, firefighters across the Bay Area are bracing for what could be a busy fire season.
When Christian Dowell moved to Orinda, he made plans with the potential for wildfires in mind. “We need to go through the trees clean them all out them out,” he said. “Long before we moved here, we take out everything from the ground up. It’s a way just clear out all the dead brush and stuff.”
Dowell’s home is near a portion of the north Orinda shaded fuel break. On Sunday, firefighters were getting reoriented with fire trails and checking trail conditions.
“Right now, our heavy fuels that are really an indicator of how far along in fire season we are as dry as they would be in a normal year the first of July,” said Dennis Rein with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District.