San Andreas- Effective 8:00 a.m. Monday August 15, 2005 the Tuolumne Calaveras Unit (TCU) of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) will suspend all burning permits within the State Responsibility Areas of Tuolumne, Calaveras, Eastern San Joaquin, and Eastern Stanislaus Counties. The suspension does not include campfires in organized campsites open to the public or by permit, and exempts the State Responsibility Areas above the High Fire Hazard Area of the Stanislaus National Forest (roughly above the 6000 foot elevation). The official suspension proclamation is attached.
In addition to the CDF suspension, local fire jurisdictions in San Andreas, City of Sonora, and Tuolumne City will also suspend burning effective the same date. Angels City suspended burning in their city limits earlier in the year. Stanislaus National Forest officials, in response to the increasing fire danger, will go into their Stage 1 restrictions on the same date.
The suspension comes at a time when the foothill region has been hit with extended record heats. In signing the proclamation, TCU Chief Fred McVay cites as justification, the extreme menace of destruction by fire to life, property, or natural resources due to critical fire weather and acute dryness of vegetation. Chief McVay states, “We are entering the worst part of the fire season when all ignitions have the potential of becoming a destructive wildfire. The risk of a debris burn escaping is unacceptable.”