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Cal Fire warning: Don’t let ashes burn you up

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From page A8 | November 22, 2013 | 6 Comments

All around town we see smoke rising from chimneys signaling the arrival of fall with crisp days and cold evenings. If you have a wood-burning stove or fireplace you know the drill well as you find yourself scraping out the old ashes that have accumulated as you burn firewood to heat your home.

“If you properly dispose of the ashes from your fireplace or wood burning stove and place them in a metal can, you won’t risk burning your property or that of your neighbors,” said Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire. “’Can Your Ashes’” means when you clean your fireplace or wood-burning stove, make sure you place the hot ashes into a metal can or container so you can safely transport them outside.”

Proper ash disposal tips:

• When cleaning your fireplace or wood stove, always place your ashes in a metal container; never use a paper or plastic bag or cardboard box.

• Put the metal container outside and immediately pour water into the can to cool any hot embers. Coals or pieces of wood can smolder for days.

• Stir the water into the ashes with a stick, making sure everything is cold.

• Cover the container with a lid and store the metal container away from flammable materials.

• If you vacuum your ashes it is critical that you make sure you use an appropriate “ash vacuum” which is specially designed to hold hot and cold embers. Never, ever use your regular home vacuum.

• Never place ashes from your wood burning stove in your garbage can as they will catch your garbage can on fire.

• For more fire and life safety information please visit our Website at fire.ca.gov.

Teresa Mizuhara

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  • cookie65November 22, 2013 - 5:03 am

    Lots of flatlanders have burned their house down by putting ashes in a brown paper bag an leaving it on their wood deck.

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  • FlatlanderNovember 22, 2013 - 8:06 am

    So have lot's of locals. What's your point?

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  • Waste ObserverNovember 23, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    I was wondering what educational advise CalFire was going to deliver for the forced fee/tax. I see that they still cruise the roads more than necessary.

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  • Martin W.November 24, 2013 - 12:38 pm

    There is no helping the willfully ingnorant. So am I to assume that CalFire defunded themselves so they could attact rural homeowners' pocketbooks? Oh, that's right, that was the democrat controlled statehouse and Gov. Moonbeam. Stop being a CalFire bigot and contact your local representative regarding the illegal tax.

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 23, 2013 - 3:59 pm

    "All around town we see smoke rising from chimneys signaling the arrival of fall with crisp days and cold evenings." I am thankful someone is watching... Now I have been at meetings where people ask CALfire questions of the El Dorado Fire ...Community Stations. And the firemen politely say thats not us. Here in Pollock we have a great Fire Dept...please remember they are not CALfire. As far as who is watching over us...I hope everyone is...since people leave their ashes on their wooden decks. El Dorado Fire/CAL fire...I live in the woods...the more "watching" the better :) I think people should take "burning" classes before they are allowed a permit. If they already know from a different place..have.take a quiz.

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  • Nathan FoltzNovember 23, 2013 - 6:50 pm

    Cal Fire back at the nutting ranch three out of control fires again. Not that bright that guy

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