California’s Wildfires: The Perfect Shasta County Fire Conditions
Fire damage season is fast approaching. The City of Redding is preparing for what could possibly be a very intense fire season.
Heat, high winds along with dry vegetation and brush can quickly cause loss of life and devastate large tracts of residential and commercial property. SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties stands by our local Fire Department first responders and community.
We are also on the front lines as well. Our fire and smoke damage restoration process begins when YOU become our Emergency Contact by phoning us at (530) 222-0200 alerting us of the fire damage event so we can respond immediately.
Growing Fire Problem in Shasta County
We enjoy our respected position in Northern California as a “go-to” and trusted restoration provider. SERVPRO also recognizes the beauty of the North State can be marred by arson, reckless and unsafe fire practices, increasing human activity and unextinguished burn piles and wilderness camp fires.
Living in California means learning to live with fire. Our Mediterranean climate with cool, wet winters and dry, hot summers along with the combination of geography, vegetation, and seasonal weather extremes creates an active and dramatic fire environment. California’s ecosystems require fire as a necessary component of wildland health by clearing dead brush, clearing forest growth and releasing seeds to the fertile ash enhanced ground. As we all know, California has expanding population centers settling into fire-prone areas. SERVPRO reminds the reader that it is only a matter of time before homes and businesses in the Redding area confront fire damage.
Except for the Mohave Desert, Redding and the Shasta Basin experience the hottest summer temperature anywhere in California. The broiling temperatures in Central Valley cities like Fresno and Bakersfield are routinely surpassed by Redding’s thermal belt. We are geographically surrounded by mountains showcasing the snowy beauty of North State winters and during summer producing a wall against ocean breezes and the cooling wind blowing upstate from Sacrament / San Joaquin delta.
Listed below is a short list of major wild fires in Shasta County.
- In June 2008, the Popcorn Fire joined with the Peterson Fire to become the Peterson Complex and burned 3,100 acres near Little Valley in the Lassen National Forest in Shasta County and Lassen County.
- In June and July 2008, the Shasta-Trinity Lightning Complex of fires burned 86,500 acres, destroyed 6 residences and 16 outbuildings, and burned throughout Shasta County and Trinity County.
- In August 2009, the SHU Lightning Complex burned 17,623 acres in the Burney Area of Shasta County.
- The 2014 Bald Fire started on July 30 and burned 39,736 acres 8 miles southeast of Fall River Mills on the Lassen National Forest in Shasta County.
- The Eiler Fire started on Jul 31, 2014 and burned 32,416 acres near Old Station, 12 miles southeast of Burney in Shasta County.
- The Coffee Fire started July 30, 2014 and burned 6,258 acres near East Fork of the Coffee Creek
- The Laverne Fire started on July 18, 2017, off of Laverne Ln & Saddle Trail, 6 miles southeast of Redding in Shasta County and burned 180 acres.
Our concern is first and foremost for the safety and wellbeing of our local community.