Dry Conditions Continue Increased Fire Activity
California’s drought continues to cause wildfire activity to remain much higher than normal. While the late winter of 2014 and early part of 2015 brought some rainfall, the state’s snowpack remains critically low.
In 2014, CAL FIRE responded to 1,000 more wildfires than in an average year and sadly that trend has continued well into 2015. To meet this unusual increase in wildfires during the winter months, CAL FIRE continued to staff over 70 fire engines and has begun increasing staffing and equipment much earlier than normal.
During the early months of the year, many of the wildfires have been started by residents burning landscape debris like branches and leaves, often in an attempt to complete their Defensible Space around their homes. While creating Defensible Space and ridding your land of dead and dying vegetation is critical, residents are asked to use extra caution when burning.
To reduce the risk of a landscape debris burn escaping your control, take the following steps:
· Clear all flammable material and vegetation within 10-feet of the outer edge of the pile.
· Keep a water supply close to the burning site.
· A responsible adult should be in attendance with a shovel until the fire is put out.
· Keep your pile small. It’s recommended that piles are no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet.
· If weather conditions change and the wind increases, you should extinguish your burn.
Homeowners should always check with their local CAL FIRE station or fire department before burning outdoors. There are several alternative ways to dispose of trimmed branches and yard clippings including chipping, or taking it to a green waste facility. Residents can check with their local fire safe council for alternative landscape debris disposal programs. by Cal Fire
– See more at: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/increased_fire_activity/increased_fire_activity#sthash.WA4KKNuC.dpuf