All burn permits within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) in Amador County and on the western slope of El Dorado County will be suspended at 8 a.m. on July 2. Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire has signed a proclamation suspending burn permits (LE-62a’s, LE-5’s).
Keenan said, “Time is running out for you to be able to burn your 4 foot by 4 foot residential burn piles, so please take this opportunity to complete your burn projects now on permissive burn days. But if you feel it is unsafe to burn because of the conditions in your neighborhood (outdoor temperature, wind, terrain, etc.) hold off until the winter to complete your burning.
“Recently we have responded to a number of fires caused by residential debris piles that have escaped the control of the landowner. 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.
Note that this does not apply to the Lake Tahoe Basin, so if you have questions regarding the Basin, call 530-543-2600.
For more information regarding proper burning techniques and other life-saving information, visit the Cal Fire Website at fire.ca.gov or the Ready-Set-Go Website at readyforwildfire.org.