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As we approach the middle of August, from a fire standpoint, we've been pretty lucky. That's the opinion of Wildland Fire Meteorologist Matthew Dehr with the State Department of Natural Resources. Dehr says the Sourdough Fire north of Diablo Lake last week illustrates how dry it's been over the last several months. He says the rain and cooler temperatures we've had the last few days has been a real help to moisten the ground, but Dehr says it's been a strange season when it comes to thunderstorms:

Dehr reminds that the best thing you can do is to make sure your house and property is wildfire ready, create a defensible space around your home so firefighters can work on stopping the fire, not having to protect your house.

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