Increasing fire danger posed by dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the unincorporated areas of Butte County, effective June 26th. The ban includes all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves.
“We are asking that residents not be lulled into a false sense of security on the heels of an exceptionally wet winter,’ said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “The abundant dead grass will only serve as a fuse to the heavier vegetation still suffering the lasting effects of 5 years of extreme drought.”
Debris burn escapes are the leading cause of fires in Butte County this year.
Since January 1, 2017 CAL FIRE and firefighters across the state have already responded to more than 1,700 wildfires.
CAL FIRE is asking residents to prepare for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home and building on their property.
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.
Agricultural burning will not be affected by this suspension, and the permit suspension does not apply to campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property. A campfire permit can be obtained at local fire stations or online at PreventWildfireCA.org.
For additional information on how to create Defensible Space, as well as tips to prevent wildfires, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.More