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Here in Lake County, CA, many of our wildfires are caused by vehicular fires. Now that we are deep into the final months of what has been an extremely dry year, even a simple roadside fire can morph into one that takes out countless acreage and buildings, and often injures and kills. Additionally, the huge amount of fire support services takes up many man-hours and costs the state a pretty penny.
This morning, the South Lake County Fire District had a program set up to offer free fire extinguishers for people to come in and take for their household or car.
One individual picked up an extinguisher and then this happened:
At approximately 12:10 p.m. Saturday, a car went off the road and started a fire. This was at Spruce Grove, between Lower Lake and Middletown. (For SF Bay area residents, not far from Harbin Hot Springs.)
Report from local resident about what happened next:
Awesome fact: as I was just now picking up my fire suppression tools provided by the South Lake Fire Protection District (offered for free through grants), I learned how a civilian who had just left the fire station with their own tools provided, then assisted in suppressing and extinguishing the fire. Apparently the civilian used the McCleod tool they were given. Thank you South Lake fire! Thank you awesome neighbor!
I am opposed to big government where programs come about that are expensive and are offered willy-nilly whether they bring about any improvement in our lives or not. But this is one program that gets my “Two Thumbs Up!” vote.Published in