Cal Fire engines responded to reports of a burn pile that spread out of control for one Oakhurst resident on Wednesday, Dec. 18 near Crane Valley Road (Road 426).
Fire crews were able extinguish the blaze, starting a little after 11:30 a.m., within a few minutes of arriving on the scene but continued a in-depth clean up of the site making sure no other hot spots remained active.
No homes in the surrounding area received any damage, however a junk pile and other debris was burned in the process.
Fire Crews remained on scene to clean-up and continued to dose the area with water to extinguish any smoldering ashes or remnants of the fire.
According to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJAPCD) website, burn permits are required for any open burn and are available through your local forestry or fire protection agency office.
“Hazard Reduction Burning is permitted when meteorological conditions are forecasted to be good for smoke dispersal. Such burning may be conducted on permissive “burn days” during daytime hours, generally from 9:00 a.m. and no material should be added to an existing fire after 4:00 p.m.”
Anyone planning to burn is required to have a permits regardless of the time of year. Permits can be picked up at local Cal Fire stations and information regarding burn days and safety information is available though the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution.
According to the SJAPCD, hazard reduction burning is permitted only when conditions are good for smoke dispersal. In addition, CAL FIRE, MMU may impose fire restrictions and prohibit open burning due to elevated risks of fire danger.
For more information residents are encouraged to contact the SJAPCD (559) 230-6000 or visit them online at www.valleyair.org