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Posted by: thepinetree on 05/27/2020 12:49 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 05/27/2020 12:49 PM
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CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits in Tuolumne, Calaveras, Eastern Stanislaus and Eastern San Joaquin Counties

San Andreas, CA...With 2020 starting out with February being the driest month since the 1850’s in California, warming temperatures and winds are quickly drying out the annual grass crop. The increasing fire danger posed by dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Tuolumne, Calaveras, Eastern Stanislaus and Eastern San Joaquin Counties. This suspension takes effect June 1st, 2020 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves.




“The last few years saw devastating reminder’s that the public cannot let their guard down. Together, we must continue to adapt and evolve to be able to withstand the intensity of these fires, keeping in mind, that the only way to mitigate the damage they cause is through prevention and preparation,” said Chief Thom Porter, CAL FIRE director. “The potential is great for the dry, hot weather that fueled the massive fires over the last few years will return again this year, so it is up to the public to be ready.”

Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit Chief Nick Casci encourages the public to continue to create defensible space around structures using alternatives to outdoor burning such as chipping or hauling debris to green waste sites.
Since January 1, 2020 CAL FIRE and firefighters across the state have already responded to over 1,710 wildfires. While outdoor burning of landscape debris by homeowners is no longer allowed, CAL FIRE is asking residents to take that extra time to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home and buildings on their property and being prepared to evacuate if the time comes.

Here are some tips to help prepare homes and property:
 Clear all dead and or dying vegetation 100 feet from around all structures.
 Landscape with fire resistant plants and non-flammable ground cover.
 Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping or hauling it to a biomass energy or green waste facility
The department may issue restricted temporary burning permits if there is an essential reason due to public health and safety. Agriculture, land management, fire training, and other industrial-type burning may proceed if a CAL FIRE official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit.

The suspension of burn permits for residential landscape debris does not apply to campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property. Campfires may be permitted if the campfire is maintained in such a manner as to prevent its spread to the wildland. A campfire permit can be obtained at local fire stations or online at PreventWildfireCA.org.

For additional information on how to create Defensible Space, on how to be prepared for wildfires, as well as tips to prevent wildfires, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.
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Posted on: 2020-05-27 14:17:41   By: Anonymous
 
It's about time burning is suspended. I am sick of smelling smoke inside and outside my house. You can't even sit outside on your deck without some neighbor lighting a stinky damn fire. Haul your debris to a recycling center and keep the air clean. I didn't purchase my home in Arnold to smell polluted air.

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    Re: /\/\ to smell clean air...
    Posted on: 2020-05-27 14:41:42   By: Anonymous
     
    You think that's bad. Wait till all these wacky tobacky folks start growing their crops and that odor-IF they start this year. Oh, it may be too late too. There was one step that our BOS had to do to finalize the green light for growers this year. I think a lot of them are getting discouraged and moving on. Some growers and a lot of harvesters are even moving up north and as far north as Oregon. That's where all the "weed action" is going on now!

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    Posted on: 2020-05-27 14:42:34   By: Anonymous
     
    Your a whinny citidiot. Go home; I like the smoke.

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      Posted on: 2020-05-27 16:02:07   By: Anonymous
       
      Let her burn. Log it, graze it, now watch Cal fire control burn it all summer. PG&E play with the power like a little kid that figured out how to use light switch.

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    Posted on: 2020-05-27 16:38:23   By: Anonymous
     
    You definitely don't belong here, nor should not live here. Go back to the city and breathe your petroleum pollution. Living in Arnold everyone should have a wood stove for power outages.

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      Posted on: 2020-05-27 16:48:34   By: Anonymous
       
      You are a first class A-Hole. I have lived in Arnold for 30 years and I don't burn pine needles, I have them removed. If some of these cheap ass mother fu*kers would pay to have their lots cleaned or haul off their debris then we all would have cleaner air around here. Clean air is one of the benefits of living in the mountains.

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        Posted on: 2020-05-27 17:08:05   By: Anonymous
         
        Yup

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          Posted on: 2020-05-27 19:20:34   By: Anonymous
           
          Haha YEP!

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