Fresno Fire braces for record year of fires


Fresno, Calif. (KFSN) – The Fresno Fire Department is finely stretched.

The team is made up of 81 people and works 24 hours a day, serving more than 500,000 Fresno residents.

Shane Brown of Fresno FirePIO says he fought almost 50% more fires this year compared to last year.

“He didn’t seem to be slowing down and I had this little swing on a cool day. I thought that might be a little reassuring, ”he said.

Early Saturday morning, firefighters battled a building blaze at an abandoned house in southwest Fresno.

A large amount of smoke and flames erupted from MLK Avenue and Garrett Avenue on ABC30’s Downtown Fresno Skycam.

An hour later, the crew needed three engines, two trucks and more than 15 firefighters to fight another blaze in east-central Fresno.

“The past year has been a period of 500 fires per month,” Brown said. “Last year there were over 500 fires in 7 months, but this year there were over 500 fires every month.”

This department has never broken the record of 700 fires per month. Firefighters responded to 474 fires this month alone.

Keep them up to speed to hit 700 records by the end of the month.

So far, the city has experienced 2,801 fires, an increase of 49.8% from last year.

According to Brown, 1,533 of these fires involve some form of homelessness and are an issue the city is tackling.

Earlier this year, Mayor Fresno Jerry Dyer sheltered hundreds of people at a city-owned motel as part of a plan to help the homeless and clean up Highway 41.

“We know that the work they have done on the highway has completely reduced the volume of calls in these areas, but in the meantime there are other pockets in the city where the homeless camps are. are developed. Brown said.

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