Thursday, November 20, 2014

Burning suspension lifted, restricted burning hours in effect

Suspension Lifted, Restricted Burning Hours
SAN ANDREAS – Following recent rain, CAL FIRE’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit has lifted the suspension of burning within State Responsibility Area (SRA) in Calaveras, Tuolumne, and the eastern portions of San Joaquin and Stanislaus that are within the SRA effective Monday, November 17, 2014.

While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris burns.  Burn permits are required for all burning projects and must be completed between the hours of 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. Residents must follow burning requirements and maintain control of their fire at all times. Property owners may be held liable if a fire escapes their control and/or burns the property of a neighbor.

Residential Burning Requirements
         Only dry, natural, vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings that originated on the property may be burned. Burning household garbage is NOT allowed.
         Piles will be no larger than four (4) feet in diameter.
         Provide clearance around the pile that is ten (10) feet in diameter by removing all material that will burn, down to bare mineral soil.
         Have a water source on hand such as a charged garden hose or a minimum of a five (5) gallon backpack, pump type water extinguisher.
         Responsible adult needs to be in attendance at all times.
         NEVER burn on windy days.

Contact your nearest CAL FIRE station and/or local fire department to acquire the proper permit. Residents can confirm the burn day status by calling

Calaveras County: 209/754-6600
Tuolumne County: 209/533-5598
San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties: 877/429-2876