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Thursday, April 26, 2012

CAL FIRE CZU: Close of Open Burn Season

CAL FIRE Continues Open Burning on Limited Basis in Santa Cruz County, San Mateo County

Felton - CAL FIRE in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District
announces the Close of the Open Burn Season within the State Responsibility Areas of Santa Cruz
County on April 30, 2012.

Hazard reduction burning will be allowed after the 30th but only if burn piles are kept within posted
guidelines and require a Hazard Reduction Permit from the regional Air Pollution Control District. It is
expected that a Burn Ban will be imposed soon after the 30th as fire conditions warrant or when Fire
Season is declared for the summer. At that point, burning with the exception of campfires, will require a
special permit.

Posted guidelines for small debris piles are published at It is your
responsibility to follow all of the burn regulations and guidelines posted on that page. Failure to follow
burning regulations can result in citation and liability of complete suppression costs.
For updated burn day status information in Santa Cruz County contact Monterey Bay Unified Air
Pollution Control at 1-800-225-2876. In San Mateo County contact Bay Area Air Quality Management
District at 1-800-792-0787.

With the exception of campfires all other burning operations in the State Responsibility Areas of San
Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties related to Agriculture, land management, fire training, and other
industrial-type burning may proceed if a CAL FIRE official inspects the burn site and issues a special
permit. Check with your local Fire Department prior to burning to determine whether a permit is
required. CAL FIRE reminds everyone that it is their individual responsibility to use fire safely and to
prevent fires that destroy lives, property and our wildland. Be Fire Safe!

Anyone with questions about this declaration is urged to contact the nearest CAL FIRE facility.

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE 2012 California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection


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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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