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SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) – Firefighters quickly extinguished a small fire burning near homes in Lafayette. No injuries or damage were reported, but fire officials caution that there is a high fire danger this week.

“Typically in May we experience a lot of foggy mornings. ‘No Sky July’ and ‘June Gloom.’ We really haven’t experienced many of those foggier, wetter weekday mornings. What we’re experiencing right now is just a lot of dry weeks in a row,” said Paul Lowenthal, Santa Rosa Fire Department Division Chief.

Lowenthal says the last few weeks have already been busy in the Bay Area. The Point Fire in Sonoma County broke out two weeks ago, burning more than 1,200 acres and requiring evacuations.

A wildfire near Brentwood burned more than 250 acres of land last week.

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On Sunday, Cal Fire tweeted: “It has already been one of the busiest starts to a fire year in the CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, with over 20,000 acres burned. That’s more acres burned than in all of the previous three years combined.”

“We have observed in recent years that many fires have developed at higher altitudes and have spread into the valleys. This always worries us,” says Lowenthal.

He says California’s wildfire season usually starts later in the year, but this year’s rains have brought on a lot of growth and vegetation that has dried out quickly.

And this week it will be hot – temperatures around 38 degrees. Humidity will be low. Wind is always an unpredictable factor. All in all, there is a real danger of wildfires throughout Northern California.

“Given what we are currently seeing – the excessive growth of seasonal grasses, the dryness, the wind and the humidity – we are very concerned about the upcoming holiday week,” Lowenthal said.

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PG&E warns that these conditions could lead to Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), which are planned power outages designed to prevent wildfires, particularly in small areas of Solano and Napa Counties.

“We’re watching very closely on Tuesday to see what the wind speeds will be in the areas where there are really dry conditions,” said Jeff Smith, a spokesman for PG&E.

Fire officials warn that illegal fireworks, as well as safe and sensible fireworks, pose great risks this holiday week.

“We really need everyone to help limit the activities that could start a wildfire. The last thing we need is an increase in fire activity just before the holiday weekend,” Lowenthal said.

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