Cal Fire has announced that the peak wildfire season in Northern California will end today, but fire officials are urging residents to remain vigilant in preventing the destructive blazes.
The peak season, which started June 1, will be over as of 8 a.m. today, according to Cal Fire. The agency will now transition into its winter staffing period in Alameda, Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties, as well as the west sides of San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.
The declaration also ends the burn suspension in the Bay Area, according to fire officials. State law requires those burning in the state's responsibility areas to have a permit and meet all fire and air pollution permit requirements prior to burning.
In Contra Costa County, the county's Fire Protection District responded to 221 fires in wildland, undeveloped and open space areas during the peak season.
The district's Acting Assistant Chief of Operations Henry Warren said in a statement that "Our partnerships with local, regional, and state agencies this fire season once again helped us to provide effective response services to our citizens locally and, on mutual aid assignments, to Californians in other parts of the state."
Cal Fire officials stress that the end of the peak season does not lessen residents' responsibilities to be fire safe, including servicing home heating systems, cleaning chimneys, and checking smoke detectors.