The 2012 peak wildfire season will formally end for much of the Bay Area once the weekend is over.
According to state fire officials, as of 8 a.m. on Monday, Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties and the western sides of San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties are officially expected to see less fires than they do during the warmer months.
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.
But just because the risk of wildfires is lower doesn't mean residents should forget about fire safety, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jim Crawford.
"People still need to be careful with fire, Crawford said, adding, "its a great time to make a plan for defensible space around your home and remove dead vegetation from around the house."
According to Crawford, the low season for wildfires generally starts in early November and lasts until late April.
The announcement also ends the Bay Area burn suspension, which has been in place May 25. But those who wish to conduct burns still need to check with local fire agencies and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for permits and requirements.