All around town we see smoke rising from chimneys signaling the arrival of fall with crisp days and cold evenings. If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace you know the drill well as you find yourself scraping out the old ashes that have accumulated as you burn firewood to heat your home. “If you properly dispose of the ashes from your fireplace or wood burning stove and place them - more -
“In the last few weeks we have had multiple escaped debris pile burns, sometimes 6 or more in a single day, from local residents burning their burn piles. However, by following some simple precautions, the number of escapes can be significantly reduced. Please remember that every debris burn escape is a threat to people, property and natural resources. To reduce your risk of causing a wildland fire, review the steps listed by clicking here.
- WHAT CAN I DO?
Leave firewood at home – do not transport it to campgrounds or parks
- Use firewood from local sources – that means the wood was cut within 50 miles of where you’ll have your fire
- Bring only what you’ll need, and burn responsibly
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Fall is here and this year?s fire season was particularly devastating to California?s forestlands, wildlife, economy, people, and without question, its air quality. Proper clearing of vegetation around homes can help prevent and minimize wildfires in the future. Clearing of vegetation may include burning. With the opening of burn season fast approaching, the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (AQMD) wishes – more -
The Amador-El Dorado Unit of CAL FIRE would like to remind everyone that on Sunday, November 3rd daylight savings time comes to an end and we “gain” one hour as we “fall back”, or roll back, our clocks before going to bed on Saturday night. Historically our message has been to change your batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms twice a year, but - more -
Whatever time of year it is, safety is our number one concern. Preventing an injury or illness before it happens may be difficult to measure as far as statistics go, but it is everyone?s primary mission, especially when it comes to children. Halloween is an enchanting day for little ones but with it comes a challenge in keeping them safe. Here are some tips to prevent a disaster before it happens? shares CAL FIRE Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit. - more -
“Smoke alarms save lives. It is your first line of defense in a structure fire especially since most home fires start in the middle of the night when you are sleeping” says CAL FIRE?s Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Kelly Keenan who adds “according to the National Fire Protection Association every 82 seconds a fire department somewhere in this country responds to a home fire. For as little as $8 you can buy a smoke alarm and sleep soundly knowing your family is protected. Annually about 3000 people die in house fires and about two-thirds of these victims did not have - more-
??????Did you know that 42% of house fires in the USA are caused by kitchen fires, i.e. cooking equipment such as your stove or oven, primarily because food is left unattended while cooking? These fires account for 38% of fire injuries and 15% of fire deaths in the home and result in $794 million in direct property damage. ?The most disturbing part is that the majority of these fires are completely preventable? says CAL FIRE?s Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Kelly Keenan who adds ?all it takes is just a few minutes of inattentiveness and your home is up in flames, yes it can happen that quickly and - more -
Like millions of Americans, firefighters and their families are affected by cancer every year. For the next week, CAL FIRE is joining fire and police departments across the nation to show their support for the battle against cancer by wearing special CAL FIRE shirts with pink ribbons on them. CAL FIRE?s 2013 “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign runs October 20 – 26, 2013 raising awareness and money for cancer research and is part of October?s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when wearing pink signifies support for breast cancer research. Read more…
Fire Fighter I is a seasonal, temporary classification used by CAL FIRE. The Fire Fighter I application period usually occurs between November and January and hiring usually occurs between April and June, depending upon the year’s fire and weather conditions.
The minimum qualification to participate in the Fire Fighter I Classification is that you must be 18 years of age at the time of appointment to a Firefighter I position.
The filing period for the 2014 season is November 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014.
Applications will be accepted by mail OR in person for the units in the Northern Region. Applications will be accepted on a file-in-person basis ONLY for the units in the Southern Region. PLEASE REVIEW THE UNIT LISTING ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS BULLETIN TO DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE FILING METHOD.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED AT EACH UNIT IN WHICH YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR APPOINTMENT. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER JANUARY 31, 2014 MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THE 2014 FIRE SEASON.Applications will not be accepted at Sacramento Headquarters, Region Offices, or Conservation Camps