Cal Fire has suspended burn permits in six counties, including Colusa, due to the heightened risk of fire in the area, according to the agency.
The hot, dry conditions and the abundance of dead grass leftover from a wet winter in Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Yolo, and Colusa Counties increases the dangers of wildfire as conditions heat up, which prompted the ban of burn permits, although some exceptions can be made.
“Last year was a devastating reminder that the public cannot let their guard down,” said Chief Thom Porter, Cal Fire director. “Together we must adapt and evolve to be able to withstand the intensity of these fires, keeping in mind that the only way to mitigate the damage they cause is through preparation.”
The ban went into effect at 8 a.m. on Monday and suspends bans on all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris including branches and leaves.
This ban does not apply to campfires, which are allowed on private property and within campgrounds. Cal Fire said campfire permits can still be obtained at local fire stations or online at PreventWildfireCA.org.
Other types of burning may be permitted with the consent of a Cal Fire official, according to the agency.
“The dry, hot weather that fueled the massive fires last year will return again this year, so it is up to the public to be ready,” Thom said.
Before wildfire strikes, Cal Fire urges residents to prepare their properties for fire by clearing dead vegetation, planting fire-resistant plants, and disposing debris.
Cal Fore also reminds people tto avoid mowing their lawns on hot and dry days.
According to Cal Fire, the agency has responded to over 1,171 wildfires since Jan. 1.