Knowing What You Can and Cannot Burn and Knowing Why it's Important
Information provided by: Mountain Counties Air Basin Techinical Advisory Committee.
WHAT IS RESIDENTIAL BURNING?
Residential burning is the use of an outdoor fire to dispose of the following:
- Untreated wood
- Clean Paper
- Clean cardboard
Residential burning is allowed only on the property of a one or two family dwelling in which the material burned originates. Burning is allowed only on permissive burn days. Call 209-754-6600 for burn day information.
Wildfire season has begun. Research has shown that a house with both a fire resistant roof and a Firewise zone surrounding it is 85 percent more likely to survive a wildfire than one that is not so prepared. Here are some tips that will help you improve your level of fire protection. Your home need not burn!
- If you are replacing your roof, choose a Class A---or fire resistant---product. Your roof is the most vulnerable part of your house in a wildfire because of its large size and its susceptibility to flying embers (firebrands).
- Dead pine needles are fuel. Keep them off your roof, out of your gutters and away from the foundation of your house.
Controlled debris burning is allowed with restrictions inside the City limits. Chapter 8.44 of the City of Angels Municipal code states that during fire season (generally from April to October) a burn permit is required for anyone that wishes to burn yard waste debris. Burn permits can be obtained at Fire Station 1 1404 Vallecito Rd. or at City Hall 584 S. Main St. Between the hours of 8am and 4pm Monday through Friday, weekends Fire Station only. Although a burn permit is not required during non fire season months, property owners will still be held responsible for following Chapter 8.44 of the City Municipal code. A copy of the rules and regulations pertaining to open burning consistent with Chapter 8.44 will be published in the paper at the end of fire season.
Burning will only be allowed on permissive burn days as established by the Air quality management agency and the State. Burn day status can be obtained by calling 209-754-6600. Burn piles will be restricted to no larger than 4’X4’X4’ in size. A 10’ area surrounding the pile must be clear of any combustible material and the pile must be in attendance at all times. The person burning must also have in their possession tools and some form of applying water, to extinguish a fire that may escape their control. Notify the City of Angels Fire Department immediately if a fire escapes your control or leaves the property of origin. Please remember to burn only CLEAN, DRY, AND ALLOWABLE MATERIALS. Burn piles and smoke that becomes a nuisance to others will be extinguished. Failure to comply with these rules and regulations may result in fines, civil suits, or other penalties. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the City of Angels Fire Department staff at 209-736-4081
To: City of Angels Property Owners
From: City of Angels Fire Department
Subject: Fire Hazard Abatement
It's that time of year again when the vegetation dries up and the weather turns hot creating the threat of a wildland fire. The fire marshall will be conducting lot inspections starting on June 1st for undeveloped city parcels to be cleared of combustible vegetation. The Angels Camp Municipal Code and California State Fire Code require owners of parcels smaller than one (1) acre in size to remove all combustible weeds/grass. Parcels larger than one (1) acre are required to remove combustible weeds/grass from within 100 ft. of structures and within 30 ft. of any streets, driveways and property lines of improved parcels. The fire marshal's goal is to have all lots and parcels cleared by June 15th. After the June 1st inspections, he will be sending out notices to parcel owners advising them that a fire hazard was found on their property and the future consequences if abatement is not completed within 15 days after receiving an abatement notice. The fines and abatement costs imposed beyond the 15 day grace period will be the responsibility of property owners and they far exceed the cost of handling abatement yourself. The Angels Camp Fire Department will not be contracted to clear lots that are in violation. The following are guidelines to help you comply:
- Clear empty lots by mowing (to 4-inches high or less), discing or scraping. This includes any vegetation that may be green now but dries later.
- Clear brush and tree limbs.
- Remove excess trash, wood or other combustibles from the property
Keep in mind that wildland fire is a serious concern through the summer months and we will continue to monitor parcels until November 1st. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Thank you for doing your part to keep Angels Camp a fire-safe community.
If you have any questions please contact Fire Marshall Nathan Pry at 209-736-4081. M-W 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
City of Angels
PO Box 667
584 S.Main St.
Angels Camp, CA 95222
Phone: (209) 736-2181
Fax: (209) 736-0709
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