Backyard Burn Season Begins December 1st
The annual backyard burn season for burning natural vegetation runs from December 1st 2017 through April 30th, 2018. Residents of one or two family dwellings (who meet the requirements specified) may obtain permits for backyard burning at our main Administrative Office at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Burning will be allowed on permissive "burn days" or "marginal burn days" only, as reported by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District. For status on burn days, you can call the MBUAPCD at 1-800-CAL-BURN (225-2876), or visit their website at: www.mbuapcd.org.
The burn status number will list separate zones for burn days – all permits issued for the Aptos/La Selva Fire District are listed in the “COASTAL” burn zone. Also, there is a minimum size requirement of at least ½ acre on residential properties to be considered for backyard burn permits, and the clearance requirements around burn piles has increased from 50’ to 100’, to be in compliance with current Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District standards.
Backyard burning that is done without permits or on no-burn days will be subject to fines, where applicable. For more information on burn requirements, contact the Administrative Office at 831-685-6690.
The A/LSFD Admin. Office will be closed on the following dates for the holidays:
• Friday, December 22
• Monday, December 25
• Friday, December 29
• Monday, January 1
We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!
Our Station 1 location (at 6934 Soquel Drive) will have a bin for recycling Christmas Trees starting December 26th (through mid-January). Please make sure trees are free of lights, tinsel, and other non-biodegradable materials before placing in the bins. The trees will be mulched and used for construction/landscaping projects throughout the county.
Fire Chief Recruitment Underway
The District is currently recruiting for the position of Fire Chief. Click the graphic below to see our full recruitment package, including District overview, job description/qualifications, salary/benefits information and a tentative recruitment schedule. The deadline to apply is no later than 5 PM on Monday, December 11, 2017.
Annual Food & Toy Drives Underway
Beginning the first week of November, all of our 3 station locations will be accepting donations of non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toys for Second Harvest Food Bank and Toys for Tots. When donating food, please make sure your food is non-perishable, and packaging is unbroken. When donating toys, please bring only new toys, no wrapping, no toys of aggression (play guns, knives, etc.) and no stuffed animals without factory-sealed plastic. Donations of cash/checks for either charity can be mailed directly to the addresses below:
District Master Plan - Public Feedback Request
On October 25, 2017, the District held a Special Meeting/Study Session to review and discuss the final draft of the Master Plan, as presented by Citygate, LLC. A copy of the draft Master Plan is available below, as well as a copy of the Powerpoint Presentation reviewed at this meeting.
The District invites all members of the public to review and submit feedback regarding the Master Plan. To submit feedback, press the button below to email the A/LSFPD Board Secretary (Director of Business Services Tracy New). All community feedback will be presented to the Board of Directors for consideration.