Wednesday, July 1, 2020

CAL FIRE: Prescribed Live Training Burn on the Baer Ranch - Thurs July 2

Camino – The Amador- El Dorado Unit of CAL FIRE will be conducting a prescribed live training burn on the Baer Ranch within the Georgetown Divide Vegetation Management Project

(VMP) in El Dorado County. Dependent upon any restrictions set forth by the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District and fire activity, this burn will commence from 9:00 A.M. until approximately 5:00 P.M. on Thursday July 2, 2020. Smoke may be visible in the area. If the burning conditions become unfavorable for a safe, efficient burn, operations will be immediately stopped. As with all CAL FIRE controlled burns, this project will be evaluated the day of the burn utilizing a Go/No/Go checklist that is based on weather, resource availability and incident activity. If conditions don’t meet safety standards, the burn will be cancelled.

The purpose of the burn is to remove highly flammable vegetation under a controlled fire environment to maintain an existing fuel break and decrease the chance of catastrophic wildfire on the Georgetown Divide. Additionally, the burn will provide invaluable, technical training for firefighters.

Throughout the State, CAL FIRE is forming Firefighter I hand crews for initial attack fire activity as a safeguard in the event of quarantines of inmate crews due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Highly trained firefighters were selected from throughout the Unit to be members of the Amador-El Dorado Unit Firefighter I Hand Crew. This burn project will provide an opportunity for this crew to develop a cohesive working relationship with each other as well as mentor and train newer firefighters.

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