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CAL FIRE SLO transitions out of peak fire season, lifts burn ban

Officials say rain and cooler weather have reduced fire risk
CAL FIRE SLO
Posted at 4:20 AM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 22:35:58-05

CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo is transitioning out of "peak fire season" by closing two rural fire stations for the winter months.

Fire officials say the recent rain and cooler weather has reduced the risk of wildfires in San Luis Obispo County.

Unit Chief Scotty Jalbert says the large amount of rainfall San Luis Obispo County received last season, played a role in this year's fire season.

"This year was one of the lighter years that we've seen in the last four years," said Jalbert.

Next Monday, CAL FIRE SLO will close its Las Tablas Fire Station #35 in rural Paso Robles and La Panza Fire Station #41 in the Santa Margarita-Pozo area.

Meanwhile, staffing will be maintained at other county fire stations, according to fire officials.

In a press release, CAL FIRE SLO authorities say the department is able to increase staffing at any time due to changing weather conditions or need to support wildfires or other emergencies in California.

Unit Chief Scotty Jalbert says crews will spend the winter months focusing their efforts on fire prevention and preparing for next year's peak season.

As of Friday, people in San Luis Obispo County will once again be able to burn piles on their property on permissible burn days.

The burn permit suspension is lifted as of 8 a.m. but people must still call the SLO County Air Pollution Control District Burn Day Hotline (1-800-834-2876) one day ahead of planned burning to make sure the conditions are okay for burning.

Those interested in burning may also visit this website for information on permissible burn days. So-call "backyard burning" should not be done on windy days, according to fire officials.

Fire officials remind everyone only dry, natural vegetation like leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned. Trash, painted wood and other debris are prohibited.