CAL FIRE OPENS STATIONS WITHIN TUOLUMNE – CALAVERAS UNIT
San Andreas – On Monday, May 4TH at 8 a.m. the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit (TCU) of CAL FIRE will open the seasonal fire stations which cover the state responsibility areas of Tuolumne County, Calaveras County, Eastern Stanislaus County and Eastern San Joaquin County. Over the past few weeks TCU has been increasing staffing by rehiring and training seasonal staff. This will allow TCU to staff fire stations and equipment on a 24-hour basis to help protect California’s wild lands.
CAL FIRE Tuolumne -Calaveras Unit Chief Josh White wishes to extend, on behalf of all the employees of TCU, his appreciation to those residents of Tuolumne County, Calaveras County, Eastern Stanislaus and Eastern San Joaquin County who put forth an effort towards creating their defensible space.
Each year we see disasters that could have been prevented. CAL FIRE cannot stress enough that now is the time for all California residents to take action as drought conditions continue to persist. Unit Chief Josh White adds, “Maintaining defensible space around your structures, becoming involved in your local Fire Safe Council, and being extra careful when recreating in our wildlands this summer are steps everyone can take to help to reduce catastrophic fires within our area.”
Burn Permits Required May 1st
San Andreas – Friday, May 1, 2015, at 8 a.m. the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will require burning permits within State Responsibility Areas of Tuolumne County, Calaveras County, Eastern Stanislaus County and Eastern San Joaquin County. Burn hours will be restricted to evening hours – 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Until CAL FIRE stations are fully staffed, permits will be available only during business hours Monday through Friday, at the following locations:
- CAL FIRE Headquarters, 785 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas (closed from noon to 1 p.m.)
- Altaville FFS, 125 North Main St, Altaville
- Arnold FFS, 2517 Highway 4, Arnold
- West Point FFS, 22670 Highway 26, West Point
- Twain Harte FFS, 22978 Meadow Drive, Twain Harte
- Station 51, 1950 Hillsdale Drive, Mono Village, Sonora
- Blanchard FFS, 2990 Highway 132, La Grange
- Groveland FFS, 11700 Merrell Rd, Groveland
- Groveland CSD, 18930 Highway 120, Groveland
- Ebbetts Pass FPD, 1037 Blagen Road, Arnold
- Ebbetts Pass FPD Station 3, 40 Canyon View Drive, Hathaway Pines
Please remember personnel may be away from the station for extended periods of time when they are responding to emergencies.
Burn permit terms include limiting pile size to a maximum of four feet by four feet (four feet in diameter, and four feet high) and clearing down to bare mineral soil 10 feet from the outer edges of burn piles. Outdoor burning may be done ONLY on permissive burn days. Remember burn day status is determined on the basis of air quality: how quickly smoke will disperse. Therefore, many permissible burn days are very windy. Never burn when it’s windy, even if it is a permissible burn day. Remain in attendance of your burn project and have tools and water close by in order to suppress any escape from your burning operation.
Wildfire is coming. Are you ready? Unit Chief Josh White reminds everyone, “Getting your property ready for the coming fire season by creating and maintaining 100 feet of defensible space around all structures is an excellent way to protect not only your home, but your neighborhood and community as well.”
It is your responsibility to check burn day status by calling your local Air Pollution Control District with jurisdiction over your area. If your burn project escapes your control you could be held liable.
Calaveras County: 209/754-6600
Tuolumne County: 209/533-5598
San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties: 877/429-2876
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