CAMINO, CA – Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing CAL FIRE’s Amador-El Dorado Unit to transition out of peak fire season effective at midnight on December 9, 2019 in Alpine, Amador, El Dorado and Sacramento Counties.
“We have had very busy season this year but thanks to the increase in State resources and the vigilance of our communities, we had far fewer acres burned than last year. Now is the time to create defensible space for season. Although CAL FIRE burn permits will not be required after I want to remind the public to check with their appropriate County air quality district for any permits they may require prior to burning,” states Unit Chief Scott Lindgren.
During the cooler winter months, CAL FIRE will continue to actively focus efforts on fire prevention and fuels treatment activities as guided by the State’s Strategic Fire Plan and Unit fire plans. These activities are aimed at reducing the impacts of large, damaging wildfires, public safety and improving overall forest health.
Residents are urged to continue to take precautions outdoors to prevent sparking a wildfire. A leading cause of wildfires this time of year is from escaped landscape debris burning. Before you burn, ensure it is a permissive burn day by contacting the local air quality district (listed below) and make sure that have all required burn permits during burning, make sure landscape debris are no larger than 4 feet in diameter, provide 10 foot of clearance down to bare mineral soil around the burn pile and ensure that a responsible adult is in attendance at all times with a water source and a shovel.
County Air Quality Information numbers
*Amador (209) 223-6246 *El Dorado (530) 621-5897 *Alpine (760) 872-8211
*Tahoe Basin (530) 621-5842 / (888) 322-2876 *Sacramento (916) 874-4800
For more ways to burn safely visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.