Tag: Department Of Forestry & Fire Protection

Cal Fire Issues Statewide Burn Ban

Sacramento, CA, August 17, 2012, 8:00am – California’s dry conditions and high temperatures, along with increased fire activity, has prompted the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) to suspend all burning permits and open fire within the State Responsibility Area of California. The burn ban suspends all residential burn permits, forest management, hazard abatement, and other industrial-type permitted burning within the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area. Over 8,000 Cal Fire, local and federal firefighters are on the frontlines of nearly a dozen major wildfires in California, according to Cal Fire’s Director, and with conditions being so dry, he says the agency needs to take every step possible to prevent new wildfires from starting. Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property are allowed only if they are in a designated campfire site that prevents fire from spreading outside the site. The burning suspension will remain in effect until there is a significant change in weather conditions or until the end of fire season. Here are some tips citizens can use to prevent wildfires: — Do defensible space clearing before 10 a.m. and never on a hot and windy day. — Don’t toss cigarettes out a car window. — Don’t pull off into dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires   that can’t be seen easily by the driver. —...

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Prepare Your Home For Wildfire Season

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 31, 2012, 3:00pm – The National Weather Service has reported some areas of California received up to 20 fewer inches of rain than expected during the period between October 2011 and June 2012, making it one of the driest so-called rainy seasons on record. California’s below-average rainfall causes green grass and plant life to dry out faster than usual, and when combined with high summer temperatures, this greatly increases the risk of wildfires. The Department of Forestry & Fire Protection has increased staffing and urges residents to educate themselves about fire preparedness. Here are some tips to help prepare for the next few months: Create a fire buffer zone of at least 30 feet around houses. Replace exterior flammable materials on homes with siding and roofs that have at least a fire-resistance rating of one to two hours. Move flammable and combustible items at least 50 feet away from your home. Keep irrigation systems in working order.  Have your pool accessible for fire engines to get within 10 feet. Pools can serve as a water source for fighting fires. Have your home address visible from the street so emergency crews can quickly identify your home during an emergency.    [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31618.mp3|titles=Wildfire Preparation – Mike Evans Reporting]...

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