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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/23/2014 03:28 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/23/2014 04:31 PM
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Common Activities Can Spark a Wildfire. Fuel Moistures Typical of May/June

San Andreas – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit (TCU), is reminding all residents that fire danger remains high across the Central Sierra and the chance of large and damaging fires still exists even though we are in the winter months. From November 1, 2013 to January 10, 2014, TCU responded to 37 vegetation fires, three times as many as the same period a year ago. Fuel moistures within TCU are at levels typically see in late May to early June...

TCU Unit Chief Josh White says, “With the current dry conditions there are many common everyday activities which may start a wildfire. We must remain vigilant to what we are doing and how it could affect our surroundings.” Outdoor equipment use, disposal of ashes, campfires, extinguishing a cigarette, tow chains dragging are just a few examples of activities which may seem common enough, but with the current dry conditions could start a wildfire.

Outdoor equipment use: Watch for metal blades striking rocks, do not weld near dry vegetation without proper clearance and suppression tools available.

Ash disposal: Make sure ashes are cool enough to remove, place ashes in a metal container, dump ashes in a place that is clear of any vegetation, spread the ashes out so they do not remain in a pile to smolder and check the disposal site often.

Campfires: Never leave campfires unattended, use the drown and stir method to put the fire out, consider and monitor windy conditions prior to building and while the fire is active. If conditions are not right – don’t light!

Extinguishing Cigarettes: Never toss cigarettes or cigarette butts outside, make sure they are completely out and place them in proper trash receptacles.

Towing: Make sure chains are properly secured and not dragging the ground. This could cause sparks and lead to a wildfire.

For more information on fire safety visit CAL FIRE at:, and

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Posted on: 2014-01-23 19:15:35   By: Anonymous
Ban burning until it starts raining. Step up to the plate and make a real decision CDF.

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    Posted on: 2014-01-23 19:17:38   By: Anonymous
    They will not do that. They want to justify the fire tax we are all paying. The more fires the more tax money they need.

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      Posted on: 2014-01-23 19:50:24   By: Anonymous
      That comment is almost too nutty to comment on. But, you are seriously impaired if you believe anyone wants to burn down forest to protect jobs of overworked and understaffed fire fighters.

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        Posted on: 2014-01-24 03:29:27   By: Anonymous
        overworked my arse, they do not fight fires every day. A great deal of their time is spent in and around the fire house waiting on a call. Yes they have routine work to do , they are far from overworked.

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