Cal Fire suspends burn permits in Sonoma County
After another wet winter and above-average snow pack, warming temperatures and winds are quickly drying out the abundant annual grass. The increasing fire danger due to hotter, drier conditions in the region has prompted Cal Fire to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Yolo and Colusa counties. This suspension took effect on June 17 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves.
Cal Fire Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit Chief Shana Jones would like to remind residents “to avoid mowing on hot and dry days.” Residents need to be “ready” by maintaining 100 feet of defensible space around their home. Mow early in the morning when the humidity is higher and the temperatures are cooler.
Since Jan. 1, Cal Fire and firefighters across the state have already responded to over 1,171 wildfires.
Here are some tips to help prepare:
• 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.
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 the campfire is maintained in such a manner as to prevent its spread to 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.