Storms are lightly blanketing the Sierra with fresh snow, but Department of Water Resources (DWR) snow surveyors today reported that snowpack water content remains far below what will be needed by cities and farms this summer. ?We welcome the late storms but they are not enough to end the drought,? said DWR Director Mark Cowin. ?We can?t control the weather but we can control the amount of water we use. This drought is a wake-up call – more –
Defensible Space Works! Creating a buffer zone between your home and the wildland greatly reduces the risk of your home catching on fire from direct contact, radiant heat or flying embers from a wildland fire. Embers can destroy homes, and even entire neighborhoods, that are far from the actual flame front of a fast moving wildfire. Make 2014 the year you resolve to be ready for wildland fires. The time is now – more –
According to the California Department of Water Recourses, 2013 proved to be California?s driest year on record, as well as the second consecutive year of below normal precipitation for the State. Winter and spring precipitation is important because it provides soil moisture that helps trees make it through California?s dry summer months. Without adequate precipitation, trees do not have enough water for normal growth and may be severely drought stressed – more –
“With the lack of rain, our local vegetation is tinder dry; all you have to do is go outside to hear the crackle and crunch of pine needles and leaves under your feet. Add wind to this scenario and you are looking at very critical fire conditions (Red Flag Conditions)” says CAL FIRE Unit Chief Mike Kaslin of the Amador-El Dorado Unit. “We are responding to wildfires almost daily which is not at all normal for January in the foothills of the Sierra. We have increased our staffing levels to meet the need more
A single spark from a mower blade striking a rock or carelessly disposed of ashes from a wood burning stove or a burn pile left to smolder can start a wildland fire that under dry, windy conditions can quickly grow to a fast moving wildfire. There have been fires across that State of California including one in the Delta due to the very dry conditions.
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“With record breaking high temperatures in our area coupled with the lack of precipitation, this winter has created a problem for California residents. The California Department of Water Resources has indicated that the snow pack which provides the state with about a third of its water is at 20% of normal. Last year at this time we were at 150% of normal” states CAL FIRE Unit Chief Mike Kaslin of the Amador-El Dorado Unit. Chief Kaslin adds “almost daily there have been small wildland fires because the person burning their debris piles either lost control of the piles or didn’t completely extinguish more
“Across the nation over 236,000 house fires occur annually and they peak in January due to the winter weather. Many of these fires are preventable so here are some key things you can do to reduce your chance of becoming a statistic” says Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Mike Kaslin of CAL FIRE. –more–
Today, January 17th, 2014, Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency for California and has asked that everyone to conserve water in every way possible. For water saving tips click here for more information.
CAL FIRE is urging Californians to be extremely cautious, especially for the next few days, due to the current weather conditions increasing fire danger. The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings – more –
Amador-El Dorado Unit (AEU) Deputy Chief Mike Kaslin has been promoted to AEU Unit Chief effective December 23rd at 0800 hours. Chief Kaslin says, ?I am truly honored to serve the citizens of Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine Counties. I appreciate the great responsibility of this position and am dedicated to serving as the Fire Chief for the State Responsibility Areas. I believe my years of working in AEU and the strong relationships that I hold with our cooperators will support this endeavor and I look forward to further strengthening these ties in 2014 and beyond.” – more –