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Posted: 5-29-2014

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit

TUOLUMNE-CALAVERAS UNIT SUSPENDS OUTDOOR BURNING

San Andreas – Monday, June 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM, the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will suspend outdoor burning within State Responsibility Areas of Tuolumne County, Calaveras County, Eastern Stanislaus County and Eastern San Joaquin County. These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

Statewide, California has experienced record-breaking low rainfall, low humidity, and low fuel moisture levels, along with higher than normal temperatures and increased fire activity.  CAL FIRE began its transition to fire season months earlier than normal this year.

Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit Chief Josh White emphasizes the suspension of outdoor burning is essential for the safety of our communities, and encourages the public to continue to create defensible space around structures.  Consider alternatives to outdoor burning when creating defensible space, such as chipping or hauling debris to green waste sites.

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Posted: 5-29-2014

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

 CAL FIRE

PROCLAMATION SUSPENDING BURNING PERMITS

On all State Responsibility Areas within the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit

Due to the extreme menace of wildfire and its potential to destroy life, property, and natural resources; and due to current and predicted fire weather, the lack of precipitation, the dryness of vegetation, and the increase fire activity; “unusual fire conditions” exist as described in Section 4423(b) of the Public Resources Code. Per that section and under the authority vested in me by the Director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection; I declare that burn permits are required for all open burning, except for campfires, in the State Responsibility Areas of the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit until further notice. In addition, under the authority vested in me by the Director as per Section 4423.1 of the Public Resources Code, I hereby proclaim the following types of burning restrictions and exceptions:

RESTRICTIONS:

  • All residentialDooryard”(LE-62A)Burn Permits within State Responsibility Areas and Local Responsibility Areas under contract to CAL FIRE in the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit will be SUSPENDED beginning 8:00 AM on Monday, June 2, 2014.  Previously issued “Dooryard” permits will no longer be valid until the proclamation is rescinded.

EXCEPTIONS:

  • Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property are allowed if the purpose of the campfire is for cooking or providing warmth and is maintained in such a manner as to prevent the campfire from spreading to the wildland vegetation.

  • Project Burn Permits (LE-5’s) may be issued by the Department whenever it can be shown that burning or open flame is essential for reasons of agriculture emergencies, public health, safety and welfare.  These projects will be inspected and approved by the Department prior to the issuance of a permit. 

This suspension will continue in place until formally cancelled by me.

This PROCLAMATION is issued at San Andreas, California, this 28th day of May, 2014.

JOSHUA WHITE, Unit Chief

Calaveras County: 209/754-6600

Tuolumne County: 209/533-5598

San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties: 877/429-2876

 For more information on defensible space and fire safety check out:

www.readyforwildfire.org or www.fire.ca.gov

 Important Link!

CAL FIRE-VIP Program:

http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/communications_volunteers.php

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