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In most
communities throughout the United States it is necessary to get a permit to
burn slash piles.  It is important to
burn only when it is allowed by your state forester or other permitting agency.  Make sure that you follow the guidelines carefully;
if a wildland fire is started because the rules were not followed you could be
responsible for suppression costs.* 

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1930s vintage poster from NFPA



Saturday, June 1, 2013, residential burn permits in California have been
suspended for Nevada, Placer, and Yuba Counties. CAL FIRE and the Tahoe
National Forest also announced that fire restrictions will go into effect in
the Tahoe National Forest.  In other
areas of California, Arizona and Nevada burning is suspended as well.  So check with your local permitting agency
before you burn!  Never burn a pile without
a permit.

 When burning slash, a
few basic rules to follow:

  •  Always make sure your burn pile is completely
    burned or put out before dark

  • Have
    fire suppression tools on hand such as garden hoses, shovels and rakes.

  • Make
    sure that the area is completely clear around the pile as well as above!  Make sure there are no overhanging limbs.

  • Do
    not burn garbage with vegetative material.

  • Someone
    should be present and monitor the fire never walk away from your burn pile.

  • Never
    burn on windy or excessively dry days.

  • Rake
    all material together.

  • Keep your piles small and manageable!

[Americorps |] and the[ Fire Safe Council of Nevada County |] did a great video on how to safely burn vegetative debris, take a look!


Living with wildfire

Posted by cathyprudhomme Employee Jun 7, 2013

Community based blog - June 7 2013
Bill Gabbert with Wildfire Today, posted a blog yesterday about an interview earlier this week (June 4), where NPR’s Talk of the Nation host Ari Shapiro interviewed Susie Cagle, a staff writer and illustrator for Grist (Grist is an online magazine that publishes environmental news and commentary), about living in CA wildfire country.  Cagle recently wrote, “Living with fire: Survival and stubbornness in CA wildfire country,” which talks about growing up in Santa Barbara and watching wildfires in the hills near her home. 

She wrote the article while watching this week’s Powerhouse fire move through California’s Los Padres National Forest and shares the experience her family had years ago when their family home was lost during a 1977 wildfire; and their encounters since that time with multiple wildfires.  She believes there’s no longer a single fire season in the area she grew up in – it’s now year round with a high fire season in the mix.  Some residents in the area next to the rebuilt home where her dad and brother still live, find reassurance in an active local fire department that promotes community-based preventative measures and regularly talks to homeowners about what they should do to reduce the risk.

During the interview Shapiro takes calls from listeners sharing their stories about living in wildfire prone areas.  One of those callers was Dave from Coal Creek Canyon between Golden and Boulder, CO, who shares his communities Saws and Slaws concept of wildfire mitigation, which Gabbert calls a model that would work in other communities.  Read more about the Saws and Slaws community based concept in our March 13 blog. 

Does your community use a unique and innovative community based concept to create interest and involvement in wildfire mitigation?  If so, contact a Fire Break blogger.  We’re interested in sharing your successes.

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