Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit Moves to Open Burning
San Andreas – On Monday, December 9, 2013, at 8:00 AM, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) moved into open burning. Burning will be permitted 24 hours a day on “Permissive Burn Days” as established by the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) in each county. CAL FIRE burn permits will not be required until May 1, 2014 (or earlier if conditions require). Landowners may be held liable if their fire escapes their control. Remain in attendance of your fire, keep a water supply close to the burning site and do not burn when windy, or when high winds are predicted. In Calaveras County, burning on property five acres or more in size requires a permit from the Calaveras APCD. In Tuolumne County clearing two acres or more of vegetation requires a permit from the Tuolumne APCD.
TCU Unit Chief Josh White encourages residents and property owners to review Readyforwildfire.org. “This is an excellent resource on creating and maintaining 100 feet of defensible space around your home. With the low amount of precipitation in 2013, dead dry vegetation around the area is high. Defensible space protects your property, your neighbor’s property and your community. To limit the threat of large and damaging fires, we need the continued support of each citizen within the four-county area of the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of CAL FIRE.”
It is the landowner’s responsibility to check burn day status, before starting a burn project, by calling the Air Pollution Control District with jurisdiction over your area.
Calaveras County: 209/754-6600
Tuolumne County: 209/533-5598
San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties: 877/429-2876