Cal Fire drawing down for winter
On Monday, Nov. 7, the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire will transition into its “winter preparedness” level of staffing.
This will mean most seasonal fire fighting personnel will be laid off and some fire stations will be closed (In El Dorado County: Pilot Hill, Garden Valley, Mt. Danaher, and El Dorado Stations will be closed).
“AEU’s staffing levels are sufficient to respond to any local emergency and Cal Fire is always prepared to call back additional resources if fire weather conditions change. We make these decisions based on our current and forecasted weather conditions.” said Unit Chief Kelly Keenan. “Cal Fire is acutely aware of these challenging economic times and we believe that down staffing at this time is the best decision in order to manage our resources and responsibly administer our budget .
“The current weather conditions offer an excellent opportunity to work on your defensible space. Create the 100 foot barrier around your home and outbuildings on your property as this is an excellent defense against a wildfire. Right now you can pile and burn the vegetation you generate, the time is now” added Keenan.
Burn restrictions have been lifted and, as of Nov. 7, Cal Fire residential burn permits will 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. In addition, your local AQMD may still require a county permit for burning. Call El Dorado County’s AQMD at (530)621-5897.
For additional information on burning safely, defensible space and other fire and life safety topics visit the Cal Fire website at fire.ca.gov.