San Andreas –CAL FIRE’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit incorporates the State Responsibility Areas (SRA) in Tuolumne County, Calaveras County, Eastern Stanislaus County and Eastern San Joaquin County.
With this year’s dry conditions the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit (TCU) transitioned into fire season on May 1st, much earlier than normal.
The 2013 fire season also comes with new leadership. On May 1, 2013, Josh White was appointed to the TCU Unit Chief position. Former TCU Unit Chief, Brian Kirk, retired in March 2013. Chief White began his career in 1988 as a Firefighter I. Since then he has worked a variety of assignments including State and County fire stations, Conservation Camps, Fire Prevention, Civil Cost Recovery, Law Enforcement, Safety, Research and Development as well as served on various working groups and cadres. Chief White has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice...
The transition into fire season means CAL FIRE begins opening and staffing its seasonal fire stations on a 24-hour basis to help protect California’s wildlands. The Columbia Air Base is also open and staffed with a helicopter. Unit Chief Josh White reminds members of the community “Burn permits are required and burning is restricted to the hours of 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. on permissive burn days.”
Community members are encouraged to continue working on their defensible space. Work that involves the use of gas or electric powered equipment should be done before 10 a.m., prior to the heat of the day and lower humidity. Weather conditions will continue to be monitored on a daily basis and when necessary, burning will be suspended.
Chief White encourages alternatives to burning by recycling, composting or chipping your defensible space debris. Each year there is a potential for devastating fires which could have been prevented. Is your home ready for wildfire? By protecting your home, you protect your neighbors’ home as well as the community we live in. Visit us at www.readyforwildfire.org for tips on how to make your home safe this fire season