Dry Conditions Increase Fire Danger For CoCo County On 4th Of July

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Flames rise from a hillside near the California State University Contra Costa Center in Concord Monday night. (CBS)

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CONTRA COSTA CO. (KCBS) — How dry is it in the Bay Area? A small fire on Kirker Pass Road in Pittsburg on Monday burned three structures and 350 acres. Add the threat of people getting careless with fireworks, which Contra Costa County Fire Captain Andy Bozzo said is already a problem, and there could be a major problem on our hands.

“Fireworks are going off left, right and center and they weren’t the safe and sane fireworks. These were aerial projectiles with a lot of heat and a few fires started, so we’re bracing for the worst,” he said.

Bozzo fought that fire on Kirker Pass and is worried about the fire stations in his county that have been closed by budget cuts.

“One crew versus three crews can’t sustain that workload. If we have a fire up on Kirker Pass or any of the hills or quite honestly in the Lafayette area and Oakland Hills type situation, we need staffing,” Bozzo said.

In a nutshell they hope for the best when people get careless with fireworks on the Fourth of July.

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