El Dorado County Fire Safe Council

The mission of EI Dorado County Fire Safe Council is to protect the people of EI Dorado County and their property from the effects of catastrophic wildfire through education, cooperation, innovation and action.

CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Amador-El Dorado Unit
Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit

Amador-El Dorado Unit Contact: Teri Mizuhara, Fire Prevention Specialist II, 530.708.2724
Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Contact: Lynne Tolmachoff, Fire Prevention Specialist II, 916-202-6748

RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2014

CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits

Camino – To date CAL FIRE has responded to twice as many wildfires than average and it is anticipated that fire season will only continue to get worse. Fortunately, CAL FIRE began its transition into fire season several months earlier than normal and are continuing to prepare to meet the challenge. Due to the drought and the threat of large damaging wildfires in our communities, beginning on Sunday June 1st, the Amador-El Dorado Unit and Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit will suspend dooryard burning permits

Mike Kaslin, Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief and Brad Harris, Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief, say residential dooryard burn permits will be suspended in the State Responsibility Area (SRA) of the both units beginning at 8 AM on Sunday, June 1st. The Amador-El Dorado Unit includes Amador, El Dorado, Alpine and a portion of eastern Sacramento counties and Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit includes Nevada, Yuba and Placer counties.

CAL FIRE reminds residents that anyone who burns on or after June 1st in the Amador-El Dorado Unit and the Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit will be in violation of the burn suspension and may be subject to civil or criminal action including cost recovery charges for a fire suppression response.

Homeowners can dramatically increase the chances of their home surviving a wildfire by taking the following steps:

 Create a minimum of 100 feet (or to the property line) of defensible space around each structure on your property.
 Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves, and rain gutters.
 Trim branches on tree trunks a minimum of six feet from the ground (but no more than 1/3 of the trees canopy).
 Remove branches 10 feet from all chimneys or stove pipes.
 Landscape with fire resistant plants.

Residents are encouraged to learn about defensible space on CAL FIRE’s website www.ReadyForWildfire.org.