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Sunday, June 1, 2014

CA-LNU All CAL FIRE Open Burning Permits Suspended.

Sonoma-Lake-Napa Cal Fire Burn Permits Suspended

 CAL FIRE Unit Chief Eric Hoffmann of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection – or Cal Fire – Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit announced beginning 12:01 a.m. Sunday, June 1, all permits for open burning within State Responsibility Area and Local Responsibility Areas under contract to Cal Fire are suspended.

Chief Hoffmann produced an official proclamation declaring a suspension of burn permits for the counties of Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo until the close of fire season.

Agriculture, land management, fire training, and other industrial-type burning may proceed if a Cal Fire fire official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit.

Campfires are allowed in designated campgrounds, or in established facilities on private property, with permission of the jurisdictional authority.

Persons doing burning under special permit must also check with their regional air quality management district for addition regulations and requirements.

Experience has shown that suspending open burning is an effective way of preventing fire escapes, especially as California enters the summer season period of hotter and drier weather.

Although all fires cannot be prevented through a burning suspension, their numbers can be significantly reduced.

Cal Fire reminds everyone that it is each individual’s responsibility to use fire safely and to prevent fires that destroy lives, property and our wildland.

Key fire prevention efforts include developing and maintaining a 100 foot defensible space around structures.

Use fire safe practices with mechanized equipment. Spark arrestors are required on exhaust producing tools (mowers, chain saws, etc.).

If dry grass needs to be cut, use a string trimmer and work in the early part of the day when temperatures are cool and humidity is higher. Never cut dry grass with a metal blade.

Burn Permit Information

During certain times of the year, when fire danger is lower, residential debris burning of dead vegetation is allowed in many areas. You should always check with your local CAL FIRE station or local fire department to obtain any necessary permits if required. Be sure to check with your local air quality management agency before burning.

To find out if it is a permissive burn day in your area, contact your local Air Pollution Control District. Contact information may be found at the State Air Resources Board website. When the weather begins to warm up and fire danger increases, CAL FIRE will restrict all residential debris burning. When a burn restriction is in place there is absolutely no debris burning allowed.
Due to this winter's lack of rain and critically dry conditions, CAL FIRE has suspended outdoor burning in many areas. This means outdoor landscape debris burning is not allowed in many counties. Ensure you check with your local fire station station before burning.

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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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