With 2020 starting out with February being the driest month since the 1850’s in California, warming temperatures and winds are quickly drying out the annual grass crop. The increasing fire danger posed by dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting CalFire to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the state responsibility area of Tehama and Glenn counties as of Monday, June 22, and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves. 

The burn suspension includes all unincorporated areas of Tehama County, except for the communities of Mineral, Childs Meadows, Deer Creek, and Mill Creek. The burn suspension in these areas will go into effect Wednesday, July 1, unless fire conditions require an earlier burn suspension. 

Residents should check with their local fire officials for burning restrictions in the Capay Fire District and Corning city limits.. Burning is not allowed within the City of Red Bluff. 

“The last few years saw devastating reminder’s that the public cannot let their guard down. Together, we must continue to 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 prevention and preparation,” said Chief Thom Porter, CalFire director. “The potential is great for the dry, hot weather that fueled the massive fires over the last few years to return again this year, so it is up to the public to be ready.” 

Since January 1, 2020 CalFire and firefighters across the state have already responded to over 2,767 wildfires. While outdoor burning of landscape debris by homeowners is no longer allowed, CalFire is asking residents to take that extra time to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of defensible space around every home and building on their property and being prepared to evacuate if the time comes. 

Following are tips to help prepare homes and property: 

  • Clear all dead and or dying vegetation 100 feet from around all structures. 
  • Landscape with fire resistant plants and non-flammable ground cover. 
  • Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping or hauling it to a biomass energy or green waste facility.

The department may issue restricted temporary burning permits if there is an essential reason due to public health and safety. Agriculture, land management, fire training, and other industrial-type burning may proceed if a CalFire official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit. 

The suspension of burn permits for residential landscape debris does not apply to campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property. Campfires may be permitted if the campfire is maintained in such a manner as to prevent its spread to the wildland. A campfire permit can be obtained at local fire stations or online at PreventWildfireCA.org

For additional information on how to create Defensible Space, on how to be prepared for wildfires, as well as tips to prevent wildfires, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

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