The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District is already preparing for the fire season, weeks ahead of when they would normally have to.Metro Fire transitioned to the Sacramento Regional Fire/EMS Communications Center on Sunday. What that means is they’re using resources to fight fires they would not normally need in early May.This is also coupled with a red flag warning that is in effect for parts of Northern California through Tuesday.”Typically, our transition always occurs in May, but it’s much later, closer to Memorial Day or other later times in the month,” said Capt. Chris Vestal, with Metro Fire. “To do this on May 3rd, to have our helicopter staffed, our bulldozer and all of our wildland apparatus at the ready is really something that’s unprecedented.”Metro Fire responded to three fires before midday on Monday. Vestal said crews are seeing fire conditions and activity that would be more typical in late June — even early July. He also said several of the day’s fires were preventable. Two were caused by people mowing dry grass during windy conditions.”That would not have happened had everyone followed the advice,” Vestal said. In Rancho Cordova, about an acre of dry grass was burned. Vestal said it’s possible the person who sparked that fire could be cited.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District is already preparing for the fire season, weeks ahead of when they would normally have to.Metro Fire transitioned to the Sacramento Regional Fire/EMS Communications Center on Sunday. What that means is they’re using resources to fight fires they would not normally need in early May.
This is also coupled with a red flag warning that is in effect for parts of Northern California through Tuesday.”Typically, our transition always occurs in May, but it’s much later, closer to Memorial Day or other later times in the month,” said Capt. Chris Vestal, with Metro Fire. “To do this on May 3rd, to have our helicopter staffed, our bulldozer and all of our wildland apparatus at the ready is really something that’s unprecedented.”Metro Fire responded to three fires before midday on Monday. Vestal said crews are seeing fire conditions and activity that would be more typical in late June — even early July. He also said several of the day’s fires were preventable. Two were caused by people mowing dry grass during windy conditions.

“That would not have happened had everyone followed the advice,” Vestal said. In Rancho Cordova, about an acre of dry grass was burned. Vestal said it’s possible the person who sparked that fire could be cited.