Cal Fire meets with residents about YLP wildfires

June 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Investigators say some of the 30 fires in the past 6-10 weeks in the Yosemite Lakes Park area were intentionally set.

Hundreds of residents gathered to meet with fire fighters over those concerns and to learn how they can stay safe.

Many of the fires are considered suspicious, according to Cal Fire. But, that doesn't automatically make them arson.

Cal Fire says it's working to find the cause of many of those wildfires. And now the YLP community is preparing itself for a long and potentially dangerous fire season.

"I'm not a big worrier, but it concerns me. We do know some people who lost their house a couple of weeks ago. You don't know who it's going to be," said Kim Logan.

That home burned May 19th when fire crews say winds and knee high dry brush fed the flames. Each of the hundreds of people who attended this town hall meeting with Cal Fire Thursday evening hope their home isn't next.

"We saw a number of them start from where our house is, we can look over at the hills, and saw some of those start early on," Deo Wolff.

"It's the beginning of fire season. We need folks to clear their land. They need to do it when it's not the heat of the day," said Cal Fire Unit Chief Nancy Koerperich.

She says fire prevention is extremely important. And while she didn't reveal much about the arson fires, to protect the case, she says her investigators are hard at work.

There are some that we do believe they are absolutely arson. We're still working through that, that's why we wanted to be able to talk with the community so they can be good witnesses," Koerperich said.

Fire officials also outlined several safety measures for residents when they face emergencies. They say it's important to have evacuation plans, meeting places and an idea of what important items need to be saved.

When they're responding to fires in these foothills there's not always time to prepare an escape.


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