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CAL Fire Transitioning To Winter Mode

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Sonora, CA — CAL Fire will scale down its available resources next week because of the wet and cooler conditions.

On Monday, the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit will move completely into winter preparedness mode. While some CAL Fire engines will be available through winter, the transition allows the agency to release seasonal firefighters, reduce staffing on fire engines and close remote wildland fire stations.

Burning is currently allowed 24 hours a day on “Permissive Burn Days,” as established by the Air Pollution Control District. Beginning Monday, CAL Fire burn permits will no longer be required until around May 1st.

Landowners may be liable if the burn pile escapes out of control. It is important to remain in attendance, keep a water supply close to the burning site, and refrain from burning on windy days.