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Burn restrictions lifted in the county

CAMINO — At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire rescinded the current burn restrictions. Cooler weather and recent rains have allowed Cal Fire to lift the burn suspension.   

The Amador-El Dorado Unit will also begin transitioning towards “winter preparedness levels” on Oct. 10. This transition allows the unit to release some seasonal firefighters and eventually close some remote wildland fire stations over the following weeks. However, Cal Fire is always prepared to call resources back if fire weather conditions dictate.

Burn permits will still be required until the end of fire season has been declared. Burn permits can be obtained for free at most fire stations. Call your local fire station to determine if you can obtain a fire permit at that location. The local air quality management district or air pollution control district govern burn/no burn day status so make sure you call the burn information line immediately prior to burning. 

• El Dorado County AQMD — (530)621-5897

 “This is an excellent opportunity to work on your defensible space,” said Unit Chief Kelly Keenan. “Establishing the 100-foot barrier around your home and outbuildings on your property is the best defense against a wildfire. After you call your local AQMD or APCD this change in weather will allow you to pile and burn the vegetation generated from your outdoor work; the time is now.” 

 For additional information on burning safely, defensible space and other fire and life safety topics visit fire.ca.gov.

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