Crews contain two-alarm fire near Golden Bear Estates

Firefighters are working a two-alarm grass fire in western Winters, according to a social media post.

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The cause of the fire was traced to a person mowing their property in an attempt to create a defensible space, according to Winters Fire Department Chief Brad Lopez. “The property owner had good intentions of creating defensible space in removing  flammable and over gown vegetation,” Lopez said. “However the weather conditions and dry fuels were contributing factors [in the fire’s ignition].” Thursday’s fire was the second blaze to break out in the Winters area in 24 hours: Crews worked a two-alarm vegetation fire near Olive School Lane Wednesday afternoon. That fire broke out during a Fire Weather Watch issued by the National Weather Service earlier in the week. On Thursday, the National Weather Service said it would upgrade the Fire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning starting at 11 p.m. and lasting through Saturday evening. Fire dangers are elevated during Red Flag Warnings due to a combination of low humidity, hot temperatures, wind and other weather elements that can contribute to the start and spread of wildfires. Lopez said people should avoid mowing their yards after 10 a.m. during the summer and not mow at all during Red Flag Warnings and whenever fire danger is heightened. Get the latest information during breaking news events by following the Express on Facebook and Twitter.
Reporting by Matthew Keys in Sacramento]]>

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