Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing CAL FIRE’s San Luis Obispo Unit to transition out of peak fire season effective Friday, December 6, 2019 at 8:00 AM.
On Monday, December 9, 2019, CAL FIRE will close Las Tablas Station #35 and La Panza Fire Station #41 but will continue to maintain staffing to meet any potential threat, as well as maintaining the ability to strategically move resources to areas that remain at a higher threat level. CAL FIRE will also continue to monitor weather conditions closely and still has the ability to increase staffing should weather conditions change or if there is a need to support wildfires or other emergencies in other areas of the State.
The 2019 fire season has been an active year. To date, CAL FIRE and firefighters from numerous cooperating agencies responded to over 237 wildfires within the State Responsibility Area that burned nearly 5,787 acres. Chief Jalbert said “After an active fire season, we welcome the winter weather accompanied by the reduction in fire danger and will now focus our efforts on fire prevention and preparing for next year”.
During the cooler winter months, CAL FIRE will continue to actively focus efforts on fire prevention and fuels treatment activities as guided by the State’s Strategic Fire Plan and localized Unit Fire Plans. These will be done through public education, prescribed burns and various types of fuel reduction. These activities are aimed at reducing the impacts of large, damaging wildfires and improving overall forest health.
Residents are urged to still take precautions outdoors in order to prevent sparking a wildfire. A leading cause of wildfires this time of year is from escaped landscape debris burning. Before you burn, ensure it is a permissive burn day by calling 800-834-2876 and then make sure you have any and all required burn permits. During burning, make sure that piles of landscape debris are no larger than four feet in diameter, provide a 10-ft. clearance down to bare mineral soil around the burn pile and ensure that a responsible adult is in attendance at all times with a water source and a shovel.