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CAL FIRE is suspending burning permits in Calaveras, Tuolumne, Eastern San Joaquin and Eastern Stanislaus Counties effective Wednesday, June 5, 2024

CAL FIRE is suspending burning permits in Calaveras, Tuolumne, Eastern San Joaquin and Eastern Stanislaus Counties effective Wednesday, June 5, 2024

May 31, 2024 – San Andreas – After another wet winter and above-average snow cover, rising temperatures and winds are drying the abundant annual grass crop. The increased fire danger caused by the large amount of dead grass and the hotter, drier conditions in the region is causing CAL FIRE to suspend all fire permits for outdoor grass burning in residential areas within the state jurisdiction of Calaveras, Tuolumne, Eastern San Joaquin, and Eastern Stanislaus Counties. This suspension will take effect June 5, 2024, and prohibits the outdoor burning of yard waste, such as tree limbs and leaves, in residential areas.

“As the weather becomes hotter and drier, conditions at lower and mid-elevation levels are conducive to the spread of unwanted fires. Residents can continue to work on their defensible space by using alternative disposal methods such as chipping or disposing of green waste through resources offered in their respective counties.” explains unit chief Nick Casci.

Since January 1, 2024, CAL FIRE and firefighters across the state have already responded to over 1,253 wildfires. While outdoor burning of yard waste by homeowners is no longer permitted, CAL FIRE is asking residents to take this extra time to ensure they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining a minimum distance of 100 feet around each home and all structures on their property and being prepared to evacuate if necessary.

Here are some tips for preparing homes and properties:
• Remove all dead and/or dying vegetation within at least 100 feet of all structures.
• Landscaping with fire-resistant plants and non-combustible ground covers.
• Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape waste, e.g. by shredding or transporting it to a biomass energy or green waste facility.

The agency may issue limited, temporary fire permits when there is good cause for public health and safety. Agricultural activities, land management, fire drills, and other industrial fires may continue if a CAL FIRE official inspects the fire scene and issues a special permit.

The suspension of residential yard waste fire permits does not apply to campfires at organized campgrounds or on private property. Campfires may be permitted if the campfire is maintained in a manner that prevents spread into the wild. A campfire permit can be obtained from local fire stations or online at PreventWildfireCA.org.

For more information on creating defensible spaces and preparing for wildfires, as well as tips on wildfire prevention, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

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Source: CAL FIRE