CAL FIRE Declares Burn Ban in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, portions of Stanislaus, and Western San Joaquin Counties
Felton – On December 30, 2013, CAL FIRE suspended all open burning within the State
Responsibility Area and Local Responsibility Areas under contract to CAL FIRE in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, portions of Stanislaus, and Western San Joaquin Counties.
This is especially important as these counties continue to experience record breaking low cumulative rainfall, low humidity, dry fuel moisture levels and increased fire activity. These
conditions are expected to continue with no forecast of significant rainfall in sight. With recent significant local fire activity in addition to several instances of individuals being cited for violation of this burn ban, CAL FIRE would like to re-emphasize that this ban is necessary for public safety.
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 to specifically exempt a burn from this ban. Campfires are allowed in designated campgrounds, or in established facilities on private property with permission of the landowner and jurisdictional authority.
Persons burning under any special permit must also check with their regional air quality management district for addition regulations and requirements.
CAL FIRE reminds everyone that it is their individual responsibility to use fire safely and to prevent fires. Visit www.ReadyforWildfire.org for more information on how to prepare for and prevent wildfires.
Anyone with questions about this declaration is urged to contact the nearest CAL FIRE facility.
Attached is the official proclamation
CONTACT: Rich Sampson RELEASEDATE: January 17, 2014