CAMINO — At 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, the Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento-Alpine Unit (AEU) of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will transition into their “winter preparedness” level of staffing.
This means most seasonal fire fighting personnel will be laid off and some outlying fire stations will be closed. Keep in mind AEU’s staffing levels are sufficient to respond to local emergencies and Cal Fire is always prepared to call back additional resources if fire weather conditions change.
“In this challenging economic period, down staffing is prudent based on the current and forecasted weather conditions,” said AEU’s Chief Bill Holmes. “We need to manage our resources to the best of our ability and administer our budget responsibly.
“This is an excellent opportunity to work on your defensible space,” Holmes added. “Establishing the 100-foot barrier around your home and outbuildings on your property is the best defense against a wildfire and since the weather is cool and you can pile and burn the vegetation, the time is now.”
Burn restrictions have been lifted and Cal Fire residential burn permits are no longer required for 4- by 4-foot debris piles (vegetation only). The local Air Quality Management Districts govern burn/no burn day status so make sure you call the burn information line immediately prior to burning — El Dorado County (530) 621-5897.
For additional information on burning safely, defensible space and other fire and life safety topics visit www.fire.ca.gov.