Fire season started Monday with two brush fires

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On Monday, the state of California declared the official start of fire season as of 8 a.m. Only two hours into fire season and the Lincoln Fire Department found itself responding a vegetation fire on Highway 65, just north of the city limits. Later the same day, fire units responded to another vegetation fire in the Lincoln Crossing area. That fire burned approximately 1/2 acre along the open space walking path near Earlham Drive. While the exact cause of the first fire on Highway 65 remains undetermined, according to Lincoln Interim Fire Chief Mike Davis, the Lincoln Crossing fire was accidentally started by juveniles with fireworks. The youth were working on a video for a school project, according to Davis. ?They had painted signs and were trying to mimic the Statue of Liberty by using sparklers and that started the grass fire,? Davis said. ?It should be noted that the teenagers responsible did report the fire and remained at the incident. This fire season is already shaping up to be a busy one.? ~ Staff report