FIRE STATIONS OPENED AS FIRE ACTIVITY INCREASES

Due to warm dry conditions and a rapidly curing grass crop, CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Fire has increased staffing of fire engines and opened several more fire stations. Seven additional wildland fire stations were opened for a total of nine, each staffed with one wildland fire engine. Paso Robles Air Attack Base is scheduled to open Monday, April 29th, with one air attack plane and two air tankers. Additional firefighting resources in place include four hand crews at Cuesta Conservation Camp, three hand crews at Camarillo Fire Center, and one bulldozer based at Parkhill Fire Station. May 1, 2019 also marks the end of the open burn season. Burning authorized under Backyard Burn Permits issued by the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) will be suspended until further notice. In addition to an APCD Burn Permit, all other types of burning will now require a CAL FIRE Burn Permit to be issued by the local CAL FIRE Stations. Residents within State Responsibility Area (SRA) are required to maintain 100 feet of defensible space around all habitable structures on their property. In addition to maintaining adequate defensible space, residents are encouraged to be vigilant and avoid activities that could spark unwanted fires such as mowing dry vegetation during warm, dry, or windy weather. For additional fire prevention information, visit Ready-Set-Go! and One Less Spark – One Less Wildfire. Fire Chief Scott Jalbert stated, “We have heightened our response capabilities to deal with the burning conditions, residents need to be prepared as well”