Snow brings end to fire season
November 6, 2008
Calfire announced the end of a long fire season with the precipitation brought by the recent storms.
Combined with the cooler weather, the rain and snow reduced the risk of forest fire in the Truckee-Tahoe area. Fire season in the Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit of Calfire ended officially Nov. 4 at 5 p.m.
But in a release, Calfire officials still urge caution both in the forests and at home, stating home fires become more common in the winter months.
“Though the threat of devastating wildfires has lessened considerably, we remain concerned with the increasing fire dangers within the home,” said Calfire Unit Chief Brad Harris in the release.
For state firefighters, the end of the seasons mean seasonal staffing will be cut back and some remote fire stations will be closed down, according to the release.
For residents, the end of the season means decreased back-yard burning restrictions, according to another Calfire release.
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People have to obtain permits and burn only on days allowed by the local air pollution control district and only during daylight hours in the Truckee area, according to the release.