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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

CAL FIRE Shasta – Trinity Unit: All dooryard burning below 1,000 feet will end on April 30, 2013

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Shasta – Trinity Unit


CAL FIRE Reminds Residents to Be Careful Burn Permits Required


Redding / Weaverville – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE, Shasta and Trinity Counties) will be requiring burn permits for dooryard burning in areas over 1,000 feet in elevation beginning 8 a.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Dooryard burning below 1,000 foot elevation will be prohibited.

CAL FIRE Unit Chief Rick Kyle would like to remind residents to take extra precautions when conducting dooryard burning operations. Even when burning with all the proper permits and on a permissible burn day, a fire can still escape the control of the person conducting the burn. Even though the grass and vegetation is green, it will still burn. In addition to the drying grasses, there are layers of dead grasses and vegetation underneath the green that will spread a fire if the burn piles do not have the proper clearance. Windy conditions can also be a factor in the drying of vegetation and the escape of a control burn. Remember to consider the weather as well as your clearance when conducting debris burns. This time of year can be especially dangerous as fires tend to escape control once the drying cycle has begun. 

Persons responsible for escaped debris burns can, and may be held criminally and civilly responsible for the cost of suppressing the fire as well as any violations of the permit or other burning regulations.

All dooryard burning below 1,000 feet will end on April 30, 2013. 

Contact your local fire department or CAL FIRE to determine what permit requirements or burning restrictions apply in your area. CAL FIRE may be contacted at (530) 225-2418.

In Trinity County, the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQMD)
requires that all burn operations, including residential/dooryard and agriculture/hazard reduction, must obtain an AQMD burn permit prior to burning. AQMD burn permits may be obtained on-line at www.ncuaqmd.org or by calling (707) 443-3093. For burn day status, call (NCUAQMD) at (707) 443-7665 or (866) 287-6329.

In Shasta County, burn day information may be obtained by calling the Shasta County AQMD at (530) 224-8777 or 1(800) 411-8728, or their website at
www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/drm_index/aq_index
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