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CAL-FIRE TCU To Move Into Full Winter Preparedness Mode

CAL-FIRE TCU To Move Into Full Winter Preparedness Mode

The Tuolumne-Calaveras CAL-FIRE Unit will move completely into winter preparedness mode on Monday (Dec. 17) at 8 A.M. While some CAL-FIRE engines will be available through winter, the transition allows the agency to release seasonal firefighters reduce staffing on fire engines and close remote wildland fire stations. During the cooler winter months, CAL-FIRE plans to continue fire prevention and fuels treatment activities through public education, prescribed burns and various types of fuel reduction, which is aimed at reducing the impacts of large, damaging wildfires and improving overall forest health. The Amador-El Dorado Unit transitioned into winter mode earlier this month. CAL-FIRE reports the 2018 fire season has been an extremely active year with the deadliest, the most destructive, and the largest wildfires in California’s recorded history. Statewide, fire personnel responded to over 6,228 wildfires that burned over 876,225 acres. This year CAL-FIRE responded to 225 wildfires within the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit that have charred 13,204 acres, which is significantly more acreage than in the past several years.

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