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Wildfire Season Ends Monday

Bay Area burn suspension lifted for much of South, East Bay due to cooler temperatures and ran.

The 2012 peak wildfire season formally ends today, Monday at 8 a.m. in Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties and the western sides of San Joaquin and Stanslaus counties, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said today.

The declaration by Cal Fire's Santa Clara Unit was triggered by cooler temperatures and rain this past week, which has reduced wildfire danger in the area, officials said.

The declaration also ends the Bay Area burn suspension in effect since May 25.

Those burning still need to check with local fire agencies and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for permits and requirements.

The Santa Clara Unit, which has nearly 5,000 firefighters and support staff, will now shift to its winter preparedness period.

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Laura Ness November 12, 2012 at 07:16 PM
We need a lot more rain before it's appropriate to call an end to the fire season!! esp since it is going to be in the 70's this week! no throwing of cigarette butts out windows!!
Esmée St James November 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Made it through another summer! Driving the other day the driver ahead of me tossed a lit cigarette out the window... Grrrrr. Is there some protocol I can follow if I car read their license plate?
Sheila Sanchez November 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Hi Esmee, just sent your question to Sgt. Kerry Harris with the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department. He should have an answer about what to do with those license plate numbers! Thanks! Will post his answer as soon as I get it.

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