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Burn permits suspended as of July 1

By June 20, 2011

CAMINO — Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire has signed a proclamation suspending burn permits beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 1.

The suspension affects all burn permits within the State Responsibility Area in Amador County and on the western slope of El Dorado County. This suspension does not apply to the Lake Tahoe Basin; if you have questions regarding the Basin call (530) 543-2600.

“Time is running out for you to be able to burn your 4-foot by 4-foot backyard burn piles, so please take this opportunity to complete your burn projects now,” Keenan said.

Reminders for safe burning:

• Keep all piles no larger than four feet by four feet

• Have a charged hose and shovel within arms reach

• Maintain a 10 foot barrier of bare dirt around each pile

• Keep a telephone (cell phone, etc.) nearby

• Only burn vegetation from your property; household trash of any kind is illegal to burn

• Do not use a burn barrel, they are also illegal

• Never leave your pile unattended.

For more information regarding proper burning techniques and other life-saving information visit fire.ca.gov or the Ready-Set-Go website at readyforwildfire.org.

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