CAMINO — “In 2013, 32 percent of all wildfires in the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire were caused by residential debris burning, which is up from 23 percent in 2012. This amounted to a total of 94 fires and 66 acres burned,” said Unit Chief Mike Kaslin of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire.
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Escaped debris burning continues to be one of our leading causes of wildland fires in the region. However, by following some simple precautions, the number of escapes can be significantly reduced. Remember that every debris burn escape is a threat to people, property and natural resources. To reduce your risk of causing a wildland fire, review the steps listed below to safely burn your debris piles.
Safety tips for burning:
• Make sure your pile(s) are no larger than four feet by four feet in size,
• Scrape a 10-foot-wide ring around each debris pile down to bare dirt,
• Have a shovel and water supply (charged hose) close by to use in the event your fire escapes from the pile,
• Make sure an adult is in attendance until the pile is completely extinguished,
• You can only burn on “permissive burn days” so make sure to call your local Air Quality Management District immediately prior to lighting your pile(s).
For El Dorado County call 530-621-5897 or 866-621-5897.