Starting Monday, Cal Fire will suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the areas the state is responsible for in Nevada, Yuba, Placer and Sierra counties, according to a press release.
Citing a wet winter, warming temperatures and winds that are quickly drying out the abundant annual grass crop, Cal Fire says there’s an increased fire danger.
The suspension takes effect Monday, June 17, at 8 a.m. and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves.
Since January 1, Cal Fire and firefighters across the state have already responded to more than 1,170 wildfires.
While outdoor burning of landscape debris by homeowners is no longer allowed, Cal Fire is asking residents to take extra time to ensure 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.
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 Cal Fire 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 they are maintained in such a manner as to prevent spread to the wildland. A campfire permit can be obtained at local fire stations or online at PreventWildfireCA.org.w