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Cal Fire transitions out of fire season

Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing Cal Fire’s Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) to transition out of fire season.

The Unit Chief Nancy Koerperich reminds citizens that this has been an especially devastating fire season.

“Locally we experienced 6 major wildfires destroying close to 50 structures. We are proceeding cautiously by allowing hazard reduction burning and ask residents to please remember to follow all rules and regulations.”

As drought conditions continue to have a hold on California, Cal Fire is maintaining staffing that meets the current threat, as well as strategically moving resources to areas that remain at a higher threat level. Cal Fire will also continue to monitor weather conditions closely and still has the ability to increase staffing should the weather conditions change or if there is a need to support wildfires in other areas of the state.

The 2014 fire season has been an extremely active year. Statewide, Cal Fire and firefighters from many area agencies battled more than 5,500 wildfires within the state responsibility area, burning nearly 91,000 acres.

Residents are urged to continue taking precautions outdoors in order to prevent sparking a wildfire. A leading cause this time of year is from escaped landscape debris burning. Before burning, ensure it’s a permissive burn day by contacting your local air pollution control district and then make sure you have any and all required burn permits. During burning, make sure that piles of landscape debris are no larger than four feet in diameter, provide a 10-foot clearance down to bare mineral soil around the burn pile, and make sure a responsible adult is in attendance at all times with a water source and a shovel.

For more ways to prevent sparking a wildfire, ReadyForWildfire.org.

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