Amador-El Dorado Unit
The CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit is located in the Northern Central Sierra. The Unit includes Amador, El Dorado, Alpine and portions of Sacramento and San Joaquin counties. The Unit encompasses over 2,600,000 acres and has direct protection for nearly 900,000 acres.
The Unit sits within the heart of Motherlode gold country and includes such historical landmarks as the Marshall gold discovery site, the world class white water rapids of the American River, and the Lake Tahoe Basin often referred to as the Jewel of the Sierra.
The history of the Unit dates back to the World War II era when the infrastructure expanded to meet the growing population and emerging threat of wildland fire along the west slope of Amador and El Dorado Counties.
CAL FIRE Prepares For Increased Fire Threat
- December 19, 2013
Although Christmas is just around the corner, CAL FIRE firefighters are preparing for several days of extreme fire weather in Northern and Central California. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the next few days spanning from Northeastern California, the Sacramento Valley, Lake County, Inyo County, Mono County, and the eastern slopes of the Coast range. With the heightened fire danger and increased potential for new fires, CAL FIRE is placing additional firefighters on duty to staff extra equipment in the areas affected.
“The forecasted high winds coupled with the extremely dry weather and vegetation - more -
Christmas Tree Fire Videos
- December 11, 2013
“Did you know that a dried out Christmas tree can become fully engulfed in flames in a matter of 3-5 seconds and in another 30-40 seconds everything in your room can be ablaze? A well hydrated tree, on the other hand, is very difficult to ignite. To see short videos on what a Christmas tree on fire can do, go to http://www.fire.nist.gov/tree_fire.htm; it is a very sobering video” states Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of CAL FIRE. ”Christmas trees cause approximately 240 house fires each year in this country resulting in $16.7 million dollars in direct property loss. Although these types of fires are not common, when they occur they are costly and often deadly” cautions Chief Keenan. - more -
Don’t Let Ashes Burn You Up
- November 25, 2013
All around town we see smoke rising from chimneys signaling the arrival of fall with crisp days and cold evenings. If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace you know the drill well as you find yourself scraping out the old ashes that have accumulated as you burn firewood to heat your home. “If you properly dispose of the ashes from your fireplace or wood burning stove and place them - more -
Don’t Get Burned
- November 25, 2013
“In the last few weeks we have had multiple escaped debris pile burns, sometimes 6 or more in a single day, from local residents burning their burn piles. However, by following some simple precautions, the number of escapes can be significantly reduced. Please remember that every debris burn escape is a threat to people, property and natural resources. To reduce your risk of causing a wildland fire, review the steps listed by clicking here.
Buy It Where You Burn It
- November 20, 2013
Be aware that firewood can harbor insects and diseases that threaten California’s valuable forest resources. Transporting firewood can move these pests to new locations.
- WHAT CAN I DO?
Leave firewood at home – do not transport it to campgrounds or parks
- Use firewood from local sources – that means the wood was cut within 50 miles of where you’ll have your fire
- Bring only what you’ll need, and burn responsibly
Please click here for more details.
Learn B4 You Burn
- November 11, 2013
Fall is here and this year?s fire season was particularly devastating to California?s forestlands, wildlife, economy, people, and without question, its air quality. Proper clearing of vegetation around homes can help prevent and minimize wildfires in the future. Clearing of vegetation may include burning. With the opening of burn season fast approaching, the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (AQMD) wishes – more -
- November 11, 2013
The Amador-El Dorado Unit of CAL FIRE would like to remind everyone that on Sunday, November 3rd daylight savings time comes to an end and we “gain” one hour as we “fall back”, or roll back, our clocks before going to bed on Saturday night. Historically our message has been to change your batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms twice a year, but - more -
Trick or Treat Fire Safety
- October 26, 2013
Whatever time of year it is, safety is our number one concern. Preventing an injury or illness before it happens may be difficult to measure as far as statistics go, but it is everyone?s primary mission, especially when it comes to children. Halloween is an enchanting day for little ones but with it comes a challenge in keeping them safe. Here are some tips to prevent a disaster before it happens? shares CAL FIRE Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit. - more -
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
- October 22, 2013
“Smoke alarms save lives. It is your first line of defense in a structure fire especially since most home fires start in the middle of the night when you are sleeping” says CAL FIRE?s Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Kelly Keenan who adds “according to the National Fire Protection Association every 82 seconds a fire department somewhere in this country responds to a home fire. For as little as $8 you can buy a smoke alarm and sleep soundly knowing your family is protected. Annually about 3000 people die in house fires and about two-thirds of these victims did not have - more-
Kitchen Fires Can Burn You Up
- October 22, 2013
??????Did you know that 42% of house fires in the USA are caused by kitchen fires, i.e. cooking equipment such as your stove or oven, primarily because food is left unattended while cooking? These fires account for 38% of fire injuries and 15% of fire deaths in the home and result in $794 million in direct property damage. ?The most disturbing part is that the majority of these fires are completely preventable? says CAL FIRE?s Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Kelly Keenan who adds ?all it takes is just a few minutes of inattentiveness and your home is up in flames, yes it can happen that quickly and - more -