Along with Cal Fire and other local fire agencies, the East Bay Regional Park District Fire Department announced that peak fire season is officially over as of November 12, due in part to cooler temperatures and recent rain which has reduced the wildfire danger. Peak fire season is when CalFire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, is fully staffed with regular and seasonal firefighters.
Although wildfire season has officially ended for the Park District, people should always be careful with campfires and remain alert and report any unattended fires in the parks by calling 9-1-1 or (510) 881-1121.
“This has been a busy year and I want to thank the District firefighters. They worked 6,850 hours fighting fire and performing search and rescue, with no serious firefighter injuries or lost time,” said EBRPD Fire Chief Ken Blonski.
Wildfire season’s ending signals that burning season for fire prevention is underway in the Park District. Prescribed burns in certain areas not only reduce the amount of fuel for any fire that may occur, but also serve as a tool to manage natural resources.
Other fire prevention methods in the parks include tree-thinning projects, goat and cattle grazing, weed whipping, and mulch application.
More information is online at http://www.ebparks.org/about/fire.