The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has suspended burn permits for outdoor residential burning in Calaveras County, effective June 17 at 8 a.m. It bans outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves.
A wet winter, above-average snowpack, warming temperatures and winds are quickly drying out the abundant annual grass crop. The high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region pose an increasing fire danger.
“Last year was a devastating reminder that the public cannot let their guard down. 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,” said Chief Thom Porter, Cal Fire director.
Since Jan. 1, 2019, Cal Fire and firefighters across the state have already responded to over 1,171 wildfires. While outdoor burning of landscape debris by homeowners is no longer allowed, Cal Fire is asking residents to take the necessary precautions to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires.