CAMINO — All burn permits within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) in Amador County and on the western slope of El Dorado County were suspended July 2.
Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire, has signed a proclamation suspending burn permits.
“Recently we have responded to a number of fires caused by residential debris piles that have escaped the control of the landowner,” Keenan said. “We even responded to a fire caused by a golf cart driven into high, dry weeds, so everyone needs to be extremely cautious with everything they are doing that can cause a fire.”
Reminders for safe burning:
Keep all piles no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet. Have a charged hose and shovel within arm’s reach. Maintain a 10-foot barrier of bare dirt around each pile. Keep a telephone (cell phone, etc.) nearby. Only burn vegetation from your property; household trash of any kind is illegal to burn. Do not use a burn barrel; they are also illegal. Never leave your pile unattended. Make sure your pile is completely out, pour water, stir with a shovel and check that all the underground embers are no longer burning or smoldering.