Brian Kirk, Cal Fire unit chief for Tuolumne and Calaveras County, lifted burning restrictions and announced community members can commence burning brush and other debris as of Oct. 29.
The announcement came after wet weather conditions drastically reduced the risk of catastrophic wild land fire. Kirk reminded everyone that fire danger has not completely disappeared, adding burn days are established on the basis of fire hazard severity as well as air quality.
“Burn permits may be suspended again if we have periods of high winds, high temperatures, extremely low humidity, or a combination of those factors,” Kirk said. “But as a general rule, never burn when it’s windy, or when winds are predicted. When burning, do so carefully by remaining in attendance and having tools and water readily available. Always put your fire completely out before leaving it. If your fire escapes your control, you may be liable for suppression costs and damages. To limit the threat of large and damaging fires, we need the continued support of each citizen within the four-county area of the TCU of Cal Fire.”
Burn permits are required and burning will be permitted with restricted burn hours of 7 p.m. to 8 a.m., but only on “permissive burn days,” as established by the Air Pollution Control District in each county. In Calaveras County, burning on property five acres or more in size requires a permit from the district.
“It is your responsibility to check burn day status by calling your local Air Pollution Control District with jurisdiction over your area,” a release from Nancy Longmore, fire prevention specialist II, said.
To reach the Calaveras County Air Pollution Control District, call 754-6600.
Also Monday, Cal Fire began transitioning toward winter preparedness in the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, which includes eastern portions of San Joaquin and Stanislaus that are within the State Responsibility Area. Cal Fire will reduce engine staffing from 21 to 15 engines by releasing some seasonal firefighters. All Cal Fire stations remain open.