Multiple fires occurred in our area compounded by lightning strikes, heat, wind and, Fourth of July fireworks. A fire in the Fruitland Ridge area burned one home and threatened another, prompting an attack on the fire using ground crews as well as multiple aircraft.
Also, Fourth of July fireworks are suspected causes of fires in Shelter Cove, including several small fires and a larger fire near Little Black Sands Beach that threatened several homes and presented challenges to fire fighters.
Additionally, several lightening-related fires, including one in the Harris area, were reported and extinguished on July 3. Another fire, that occurred near the intersection of Redwood Drive and Alderpoint Rd., Garberville, on Thurs. July 4, was also extinguished-see photos, above and below, taken by Felix Omai.
Use the player below to hear two fire-related stories, aired on the KMUD Local News Fri., July 5, 2013, by KMUD News correspondent Eileen Russell. The first piece gives details on the recent fires and includes interviews with Cheryl Anthony, Public Information Officer for the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Dept., and David Janssen Spokesman for Calfire. The second story is a report from Eric Black focusing on fire and other health-related issues associated with climate change and includes excerpts from a talk given by Dr. Wendy Ring, a 56-year old family physician who is riding a bicycle across the country to draw attention to the negative health impacts of climate change.