The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) will be assisting the San Andreas Fire Protection District with a hazardous fuel reduction burn near the intersection of Mountain Ranch Road and Calaveritas Road in the community of San Andreas, California on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
Encompassing approximately 14 acres of annual grass and oak woodland within the San Andreas Recreation and Park District Ballfields, the burn is anticipated to begin between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and is expected to last six to eight hours. The public may see smoke or fire during these times near Highway 49, and Mountain Ranch Road near the Calaveras County Government Center.
The goal is to clear hazardous fuels on the site used for daily recreation for local citizens, and to allow for a cleared area to be used during regularly scheduled events. Secondary benefits include training on live fire utilizing various techniques with multiple cooperating fire agencies stationed near the community of San Andreas.
Control lines and established roadways will be used to prevent the spread of fire from areas outside the burn unit. Firefighters will remain at the scene until all hotspots are out.
Cooperating agencies assisting San Andreas Fire Protection District with the burn include the Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, Calaveras County Air Pollution Control District, Calaveras Consolidated Fire District and Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District.