by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center
“It ain’t over till it’s over.” Thus spoke the oft-quoted Yogi Berra. One of baseball’s most beloved players, Berra is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. After retiring from his eighteen year stint with the New York Yankees, Yogi went on to coaching and managing, leading the New York Mets to the National League pennant in 1973. The Mets were in last place that year and were expected to remain in the cellar, when Yogi reminded baseball fans that the season wasn’t over yet. He then managed the Mets to the top of their division, then on to the World Series, where they were defeated by the Oakland A’s in a nail-biting seventh game.
Baseball season has a lot in common with fire season. Both get going in the spring, building in intensity well into autumn. And both ain’t over till they’re over. Although we’ve been enjoying a nice little respite from the heat, don’t be fooled by a few clouds and some welcome precipitation. Fire season is still with us and the possibility of a devastating wild fire is only one small spark away. Our drought stricken, beetle plagued forests are fuel, ripe for consumption by a raging fire. Recognizing the significant late season risk this year, CAL FIRE is keeping two engines at their North Columbia station until the end of this month, and one engine into December. Although engines and ground crews stand ready, willing, and able to attack local blazes, there will be no assistance from the air come mid-October. That will make canyon fires harder to fight because of inaccessibility.
Until fire season is officially over, the burn ban is still in effect. That means NO CAMPFIRES and NO BURNPILES! Although fire season may seem to be at an end, it is not. Please be patient and wait a little longer before you light that fire. Thanks to the speedy response of firefighters, so far we’ve been spared from ravages resulting from an unattended campfire or a spreading burn pile. We must be careful and vigilant or, in the words of the great Yogi, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”