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Saturday, May 19, 2012

CA-TCU: CAL FIRE Declares start of fire season

 The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit (TCU) announces the opening of the 2012 fire season within the state responsibility areas of Calaveras County, Tuolumne County, Eastern Stanislaus County and Eastern San Joaquin County.

The declaration of fire season allows TCU to start the process of opening and staffing fire stations on a 24-hour basis to help protect California’s wild lands. The Columbia Air Base is also open and staffed with a helicopter. Unit Chief Brian Kirk stated “Burn time hours will remain open so citizens can continue working on their defensible space.” Burn permits are required. Weather conditions will continue to be monitored on a daily basis and when it becomes necessary burn time hours will be restricted or burning will be suspended.

Each year there is a potential for devastating fires which could have been prevented. Is your home ready for wildfire? Visit us at for tips on how to make your home safe this fire season.

 Chief Kirk encourages citizens to consider alternatives to burning by recycling, composting or chipping your defensible space debris. By protecting your home, you protect your neighbors’ home as well as the community we live in.

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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