CAL FIRE News Release date June 11, 2013
Contact: Nancy Longmore, Fire Prevention Specialist II, (209)754-3831
San Andreas – 8AM, Friday, June 14, 2013 the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit (TCU) of CAL FIRE will suspend all burning permits within State Responsibility Areas of Tuolumne County, Calaveras County, Eastern Stanislaus County and Eastern San Joaquin County.
This declaration rescinds all previously approved Dooryard Burn Permits (LE-62a) and large-scale Project Burn Permits (LE-5). As of June 14, 2013, property owners wishing to burn landscape debris on their property will be prohibited from doing so unless their project is approved by CAL FIRE for health and safety reasons. Any such burning must be inspected and approved before a permit may be reissued. As an alternative to burning consider recycling, chipping or composting your defensible space debris. Weather conditions will continue to be monitored and the burn suspension will be lifted when soaking, wetting rains return to our region, typically in October or November. Campfires are allowed in designated campgrounds with permission of the jurisdictional authority.
CAL FIRE TCU Unit Chief Josh White explained, “Our region is entering the typical hot, dry, summer weather pattern. Suspending debris burning is an effective way of preventing wildfires caused by escaped debris burns, especially as California enters this summer period.”
For more information on creating and maintaining defensible space zones, and preparing for a wildfire visit us on the web at www.readyforwildfire.org For information on local or statewide fire incidents visit www.fire.ca.gov and click on Incident Information to the right side of your screen.