FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRE Safe Council Members stand in front of the Forni Building at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on April16. Front row, kneeling, Richard Krek, Back row, right to left, Barry Callenberger, Lucas Minton, Randy Basilio, Richard Englefield, Eric Yarbrough, Jesse Bunch, Crystal Davis, Cari DeWolf, Jason Aldridge, Chris Clark, Jerry Martinez, Pat Dwyer, Dave Crespo, Steve Hupner, Ken Hasse, Brian Mackwood, Bob Counts, Jesse Owens, Cheryl Conley, Bill Miser, Wes Heath, Brandon Kine, Lloyd Heller. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Home Show 2013

County Fire Safe Council aims to prevent fires

By From page HGS4 | April 29, 2013

On a hot, breezy afternoon in late September 1992, a small fire was reported near the Cleveland Corral Visitor Information Station, about eight miles east of Pollock Pines. Within seven minutes, the fire was 15 acres in size. Four minutes later, the fire was 75 acres in size and was spreading through treetops a quarter mile away. More than 5,300 firefighters and support personnel were called in to fight the fire. Despite their gallant efforts, more than two weeks passed and two lives were taken before the fire was contained on Oct. 14. In all, the Cleveland Fire burned 22,485 acres.

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