Sunday, May 31, 2009

CAL FIRE SCU: Fire season starts Monday

Responding to increasingly warm and dry local conditions, Santa Clara Unit chiefs hire seasonal firefighters, increase dispatch levels and operate fire response facilities at all times.

Who: Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit has announced that fire season will begin.
Why: The start of fire season varies throughout the state and is based on local weather conditions, vegetation and increased fire activity.
When: Starting Monday.
Where: Santa Clara, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
Burn Permits: All open burning permits will be suspended in areas under the Cal Fire's control.
Agriculture, land management, fire training and other industrial-type burning may continue if a Cal Fire official inspects the burn site and issues a permit.


Defensible Space and Evacuation: Cal Fire officials are reminding homeowners to follow basic fire safety measures as the season progresses, such as creating defensible space around all structures and preparing an evacuation plan for family members and pets.
More information: Online at
http://www.calfirescu.org/
www.fire.ca.gov.

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