FORTUNA- They are the words we’ve been waiting to hear all year: fire season is over. On Monday, Cal Fire’s Humboldt Del Norte Unit announced that they are beginning their transition out of fire season.
The recent rain and cooler temperatures across the region are allowing the unit to downstaff their personnel and resources locally. The downstaff will help Cal Fire save money and start planning for next fire season. As part of the transition, the public will be able to burn on private lands more frequently and in larger areas. The permitting process for public burning will also transition to the north coast air quality district. But although we are out of fire season, Cal Fire officials say a wildfire could still happen. Now is the time for north coast residents to prepare for next season.
“What we'd like to tell people is this is the time to of year to take kind of measures for next year,” Said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jeremy Monroe. “Start looking at your fuel reduction projects around your homes now. Any burning that you need to do, if you have debris piles, this is the time.”