Cal Fire Reduces Staff for Winter - Good time to Burn Yard Waste
As of Dec. 16 the Amador-El Dorado Unit (AEU) of Cal Fire transitioned into its “winter preparedness” level of staffing. This also means the closure of some seasonal fire stations.
“Cal Firecarefully weighs its staffing levels based on our current and forecasted weather conditions and we are always prepared to call back additional resources if fire weather conditions change, ” said Unit Chief Mike Kaslin.
Current weather forecasts offer an excellent opportunity to burn your piles of vegetation that you have created this past summer while working on your defensible space. You should continue to create the 100-foot barrier around your home and outbuildings on your property as this is an excellent defense against a wildfire. So get outside and create some defensible space. You can pile and burn the vegetation you generate pretty quickly (after appropriate drying times).
Don’t forget to call the burn information line (phone number is on your permit) immediately prior to burning to ensure it is a permissive burn day. In addition, your local Air Quality Management District may still require a county permit for burning.
For more information on burning safely, defensible space and other fire and life safety topics, visit the Cal Fire Website at fire.ca.gov.