Cal Fire suspends burn permits

By From page B1 | May 21, 2014

CAMINO — To date Cal Fire has responded to twice as many wildfires than average and it is anticipated that fire season will only continue to get worse. Fortunately, Cal Fire began its transition into fire season several months earlier than normal and is continuing to prepare to meet the challenge. Due to the drought and the threat of large damaging wildfires in our communities, beginning on Sunday, June 1, the Amador-El Dorado Unit and Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit will suspend dooryard burning permits

Mike Kaslin, Amador-El Dorado unit chief, and Brad Harris, Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit chief, said residential dooryard burn permits will be suspended in the State Responsibility Area (SRA) of the both units beginning at 8  a.m. June 1. The Amador-El Dorado Unit includes Amador, El Dorado, Alpine and a portion of eastern Sacramento counties and Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit includes Nevada, Yuba and Placer counties.

Cal Fire reminds residents that anyone who burns on or after June 1 in the Amador-El Dorado Unit and the Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit will be in violation of the burn suspension and may be subject to civil or criminal action including cost recovery charges for a fire suppression response.

Homeowners can dramatically increase the chances of their home surviving a wildfire by taking the following steps:

• Create a minimum of 100 feet (or to the property line) of defensible space around each structure on your property.
• Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves, and rain gutters.
• Trim branches on tree trunks a minimum of six feet from the ground (but no more than 1/3 of the trees’ canopy).
• Remove branches 10 feet from all chimneys or stove pipes.
• Landscape with fire resistant plants.

Residents are encouraged to learn about defensible space on Cal Fire’s Website

Teresa Mizuhara

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