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Friday, January 17, 2014

CAL FIRE Burn Ban in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, San Joaquin Counties #CaFire

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE

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
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
CONTACT: Rich Sampson RELEASEDATE: January 17, 2014
Division Chief
(831) 335-6742

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
PROCLAMATION SUSPENDING OPEN BURNING
In the CAL FIRE San Mateo/Santa Cruz Unit / Santa Clara Unit
Including all State Responsibility Areas and Local Responsibility Areas under contract 
to CAL FIRE within the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, portions of Stanislaus, and Western San Joaquin
Due to the extreme menace of wildfire and its potential to destroy life, property, and natural 
resources; and due to current and predicted fire weather, the lack of precipitation, the dryness of 
vegetation, and the increase fire activity; “unusual fire conditions” exist as described in Section 
4423(b) of the Public Resources Code. Per that section and under the authority vested in me by 
the Director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection; I declare that burn permits are 
required for all open burning, except for campfires, until further notice. In addition, under the 
authority vested in me by the Director as per Section 4423.1 of the Public Resources Code, I 
hereby suspend, except within incorporated cities, the privileges of burning by permit and other 
use of open fire, with the following exceptions:
 Agricultural, forest management, fire training, vegetation management, and other 
industrial-type burning may proceed after a CAL FIRE official has inspected the burn 
site and issued a special permit. 
 Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property are allowed with 
landowner permission if the campfire is maintained in such a manner as to prevent 
the campfire from spreading to the wildland vegetation. 
This suspension will begin at 8:00 AM Monday, December 30, 2013, and will continue in 
place until formally cancelled.
This PROCLAMATION is issued at Felton, California, this 30th day of December 2013.
By:
Unit Chief’s
Scotty Jalbert,
Derek Witmer
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
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