Burn ban unchanged

By From page A1 | October 02, 2013

CAMINO — As fall arrives with a couple thunderstorms across the unit, Cal Fire is reminding everyone that there is still a burn ban in effect for all State Responsibility Areas of Amador County, on the west slope of El Dorado County and Sacramento County.

“It would take only a few days of warm, windy weather for us to be chasing wildland fires around like we did last year. The Sand Fire on Oct. 4 (2012) threatened the Sandridge-Bucks Bar-Grizzly Flat area and if had not been for an aggressive use of aircraft, homes may have burned and lives could have been endangered. Less than two weeks after that, residents in the Pioneer area of Amador County also faced the threat of a wildland fire burning in the Little Mill Creek and Tiger Creek area,” said Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Unit Chief Kelly Keenan.

“Historically the worst fires in California occur in the fall months. We can’t let our guard down just because the temperatures are cooler in the morning and a few small storms have moved through the area. We need to see a series of significant storms drop measurable amounts of precipitation before we lift the current burning restrictions,” said Keenan.

Teresa Mizuhara

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