Big fire as temperatures rise in Vallejo, Solano County – Times-Herald


Compared to the scrambled-eggs-on-the-sidewalk temperatures of its northern neighbors in Solano County, Vallejo is getting off easily until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday after the National Weather Service’s “Extreme Heat Warning” this week.

Vallejo’s prediction was 90 for Wednesday, 91 for Thursday, 84 for Friday and a downright cool 79 for Saturday. Half an hour down the road in Vacaville, the numbers read like the average golfer’s golf score – or rather a poor bowler’s – 102, 111, 108, 100, and 97.

“We’ll be busy,” said Kevin Brown of the Vallejo Fire Department.

The VFD barely gets time to breathe after putting out a fire with four alarms on Tuesday afternoon that damaged a total of eight houses and injured one citizen and was taken to a local hospital. The fire burned five acres.

Around 5:30 p.m. VFD received a report about a forest fire that endangered a house in the 300 block of Skyline Drive, according to VFD firefighter and spokesman Aaron Klauber.

“As soon as the first firefighters were on their way, they identified a large, dark column of smoke, which indicates that the fast-moving fire is hitting structures,” said Klauber.

Residents of five of the damaged houses cannot return because the houses are uninhabitable.

It’s the most significant forest fire this year, Brown said on Wednesday. “And it’s the fastest moving fire we’ve had so far this year.”

Extreme heat “obviously means more fires,” Brown said. “It takes a lot less to start a fire. A smoldering cigarette that normally goes out is almost guaranteed to start a fire on the roadside. “

Heat-related illnesses – particularly dehydration – are also expected, Brown continued.

Because people aren’t used to the high temperatures, “they still drink the same amount of water,” and dehydration “creeps up on you,” Brown said, adding that while older people are “more obese, we are “See it across all age groups.”

Anyone with an extreme heat illness is urged to call 911, Brown said because “it can run away from you quickly. If you already have symptoms of dehydration, it is difficult to stay away from the curve. “

To avoid heat-related illnesses, drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks. Also, minimize alcohol and caffeine – which lead to dehydration, Brown said.

The city issued a statement on Wednesday encouraging citizens to stay hydrated, stay indoors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. where possible, keep children or pets in vehicles, and check out friends, family and neighbors at risk.

Those in need and needing some shade can visit one of the Solano County Library branches with “cooling centers” located at Vallejos JFK Library, 505 Santa Clara St. and Springstowne Library, 1003 Oakwood Ave., 9 am-6pm on weekdays and 9 a.m. stop until 5 p.m. Saturday. Masks are compulsory.

To help homeless people during a heatwave, “it is best to give them water,” said Francie McInerney MacMillan, interim director of Vallejo Together, believing that many shade seekers “go to the library.”

Vallejo will distribute a total of 200 bottles of water on Thursday, with the MLK Humanity Project distributing water on Saturday and the Vallejo Islamic Center and individual families distributing water on Sunday.

To avoid rotating power outages, the public is encouraged to refrain from using high-energy-consuming devices such as a tumble dryer until the evening.

PG&E also issued a statement this week urging energy users to set the air conditioning to 78 degrees or higher and use a fan instead, if possible. Also, draw curtains and turn off unnecessary lights, and limit refrigerator openings and avoid the use of stoves.

Vallejo city workers who work outdoors adapt to the scorching heat of the city’s communications and public relations officers as part of the IIPP – Injury, Illness, Prevention, Plan.

There is also water at physical work stations and portable water dispensers that crews can take with them to the field. said Lee. “The staff can also use city facilities or vehicles with air conditioning for cooling stations.”

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