Fire season over |

Fire season over

Sun News Service

Fire season is officially over in Placer and Nevada counties on state and federal lands.

Chief Brad Harris of the Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection described the fire season as “very successful locally, even though there were many fire starts, only 1,400 acres were destroyed by fire” because of fast dispatching of fire crews. “Many homes (were) saved this summer because the proper defensible space was in place.”

The Tahoe National Forest was not as lucky, said spokesperson Ann Westling. The Tahoe National Forest had 84 fires break out during the season, 30 from lightning and 54 human-caused, which ranged in size from the huge, 8,400 acre Ralston Fire in Placer County, to blazes in a single snag.

Westling said recreationists in the forest can have campfires without permits in the back country now, but urged people to use caution in dry areas.

Now that fire season has officially closed, residents are allowed to burn piles of vegetation for hazardous fuel reduction in the unincorporated areas of the county.

During winter months it is safer to prune back brush and trees and continue to improve defensible space around their homes.