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Rain brings end to fire season

Fire season officially ended Monday in Nevada County on state and federal lands.

Chief Brad Harris of the Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection described the fire season as “very successful locally. Even though there were many fire starts, only 1,400 acres were destroyed by fire,” Harris said.

He credited fast dispatching of fire crews and homeowners clearing defensible space around their buildings.



The Tahoe National Forest was not as lucky, spokeswoman Ann Westling said. The TNF had 84 fires break out during the season, 30 from lightning and 54 human-caused. They ranged in size from the 8,400 acre Ralston Fire in Placer County to blazes in a single snag.

Westling said recreationists in the forest can have campfires without permits in the back country now, but urged people to use caution in dry areas.




Now that fire season has officially closed, residents are allowed to burn piles of vegetation for hazardous fuel reduction in the unincorporated areas of the county. During winter months, it is safer to prune back brush and trees and continue to improve defensible space around their homes.

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To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.


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