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Fire season's not over yet 

While recent low temperatures have begun frosting over native plant life each morning in San Luis Obispo County, the cold isn't enough for officials to call off fire season.

At about noon on Nov. 26, five separate fires erupted along South Higuera Street and Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo. The blazes scorched several acres of brush and partially burned a telephone pole, but Cal Fire Battalion Chief Robert Lewin said the fires caused no monetary damage and no one was injured. He added that the fires were caused by a mechanical failure on a vehicle.

According to Clint Bullard, a Cal Fire/County fire inspector, fire season is continuing late this year because SLO County hasn't received the minimum amount of 2 inches of rain to call it off.

He added that fire prevention is a yearlong process.

"As we enter the holidays, remember everything you can do as far as fire prevention is concerned," he said. "Take time to make sure all Christmas lighting, whether exterior or interior, is in proper working order, replace anything you feel is damaged or worn, and use items as they are intended."

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