The local fire season will start early for Cal Fire this year because of rising temperatures, rapidly drying vegetation and summery weather.
Most of Calaveras County, much of the western half of Tuolumne County, the eastern part of San Joaquin County and an area in Stanislaus County that stretches east from Turlock Lake and the Woodward and Modesto reservoirs are affected.
Burn permits will be suspended in these areas starting Tuesday.
The chance to burn debris and vegetation ended last week in Cal Fire areas in Madera, Mariposa and Merced counties.
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All permits that had been available to residents are no longer valid in these areas, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Cal Fire's Tuolumne- Calaveras Unit will open a new fire station today, at 18464 Striker Court. There will be an open house May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the public.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 fire crews will show their fire readiness at Baseline Conservation Camp, 16809 New Peoria Flat Road in Jamestown, and Vallecito Conservation Camp, 3225 Six Mile Road in Angels Camp, during an annual drill.
Cal Fire recommends that residents and property owners clear brush and flammable materials from within 100 feet around their homes and other buildings.
Visit www.fire.ca.gov to learn more. Calaveras County residents can call 754-6600 for more information. Tuolumne County residents can call 533-5598. Residents of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties can call 877-429-2876 to learn more.
Bee staff writer Emilie Raguso can be reached at email@example.com or 578-2235.