Thursday, October 25, 2012

Proclamation Lifting Burn Suspension, 2012


California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit
Burn Suspension Lifted, Restricted Burn Hours

     San AndreasOn Monday, October 29, 2012 at 8AM, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will begin transitioning toward winter preparedness in the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit (TCU). 
     This includes the Counties of Calaveras, Tuolumne, and those eastern portions of San Joaquin and Stanislaus that are within the State Responsibility Area.
        CAL FIRE will reduce engine staffing from 21 engines to 15 engines by releasing some seasonal firefighters.   All CAL FIRE stations remain open. 
    CAL FIRE burn permits will be required and burning will be permitted with restricted burn hours of 7PM to 8AM, but only on "Permissive Burn Days" as established by the Air Pollution Control District in each county. 
      In Calaveras County burning on property five acres or more in size requires a permit from the Air Pollution Control District.  In Tuolumne County clearing two acres or more of vegetation requires a permit from the Air Pollution Control District. 
    TCU Unit Chief Brian Kirk reminds everyone that because we are still in fire season, burn days are established on the basis of fire hazard severity as well as air quality.
      "Burn permits may be suspended again if we have periods of high winds, high temperatures, extremely low humidity, or a combination of those factors.  
    But as a general rule, never burn when it's windy, or when winds are predicted. When burning, do so carefully by remaining in attendance and having tools and water readily available.
     Always put your fire completely out before leaving it. If your fire escapes your control, you may be liable for suppression costs and damages.
      To limit the threat of large and damaging fires, we need the continued support of each citizen within the four-county area of the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of CAL FIRE."
     Ir  is your responsibility to check burn day status by calling your local Air Pollution Control District with jurisdiction over your area.
Calaveras County: 209/754-6600
Tuolumne County: 209/533-5598
San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties: 877/429-2876
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