California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
CONTACT: Battalion Chief Matthew Gilbert
DATE: December 11, 2018
CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit Transitions Out of Peak Fire Season
San Andreas – Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat ofwildfires allowing CAL FIRE’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit to transition out of peak fire season effective Monday, December 17, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. in Tuolumne, Calaveras and the eastern portions of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties.
“This has been a challenging year for our great state with record loss of life, property, andwatershed. As we prepare for the 2019 fire year, we ask everyone to commit to creating an emergency action plan with your family. Focusing on creating and maintaining a defensible space is an excellent starting point.” Josh White, Unit Chief.
CAL FIRE will continue to maintain staffing to meet any potential threat, as well as maintaining the ability to strategically move resources to areas that remain at a higher threat level. CAL FIRE will also continue to monitor weather conditions closely and will maintain the ability to increase staffing should weather conditions change or if there is a need to support wildfires or other emergencies in other areas of the State.
The 2018 fire season has been an extremely active year, even more so than in 2017. This year wehave seen the deadliest, the most destructive, and the largest wildfires in California’s recorded history. Statewide, CAL FIRE and firefighters from many local agencies responded to over 6,228 wildfires within the State Responsibility Area that burned over 876,225 acres. In the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, CAL FIRE responded to 225 wildfires that charred 13,204 acres.
During the cooler winter months, CAL FIRE will continue to actively focus efforts on fireprevention and fuels treatment activities as guided by the State’s Strategic Fire Plan and the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit Fire Plan. These will be done through public education, prescribed burns and various types of fuel reduction. These activities are aimed at reducing the impacts of large, damaging wildfires and improving overall forest health.
For more ways to burn safely visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.