Officials work to prevent more fires

Posted at: 05/30/2013 7:08 PM | Updated at: 05/30/2013 9:04 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Diane Dowsborn lost everything in the Little Bear fire that came roaring through her neighborhood almost a year ago.
 
"My husband was out here, he saw the fire. He saw it in our backyard. He said it was a 150 feet wall of fire, there is no way that anyone could have stopped it," Dowsborn said.
 
Just the foundation is left of the dream cabin that she built with her husband and only lived in for four months.
 
And now, city officials are working to prevent this from happening again.
 
With the announcement this week that the city is going to Level 3 fire restrictions, fire officials say the danger is high.
 
“When you have a hot dry, windy day and you have a fire that starts, we could have a fire that could get very big, very quickly in a short amount of time," Chad Stewart, a Fire and Timber Staff Officer, said.
 
The Little Bear fire was caused by a strike of lightning, and officials aren’t taking any risks.
 
“We’ve got all of our crews on. We’ve got eight fire engines, approximately three air tankers in the area. We also have two seat planes sponsored by the BIA and BUM and we’re ready," Stewart said.
 
The rebuilding process has been ongoing for Diane, but conveniently a house right down the street came up for sale. But the memory still remains.
 
"We still get tears. There are days we still have tears,” says Dowsborn.
 
Fire officials warn the drought is not over and the risk for another fire is high.  Make sure to be cautious this summer during these dry months.
 
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