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Nevada County California - CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits Nevada Yuba and Placer Counties 20 May 2022 ( news )
Nevada County , state California ( By Press Release office)
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California has already experienced an unusually early start to fire season amidst an ongoing drought and historically low rainfall and reservoir levels . While wildfires are a natural part of California’s landscape , the fire season in California and across the west is starting earlier and ending later each year . Warmer spring and summer temperatures , reduced snowpack , and earlier spring snowmelt create longer and more intense dry seasons that increase moisture stress on vegetation and make forests more susceptible to severe wildfire .
The 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 State Responsibility Area of Nevada , Yuba and Placer and Counties . This suspension takes effect Monday , May 23 , 2022 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves .
“California wildfires continue to threaten our communities , ” said Chief Joe Tyler , CAL FIRE Director . “With the conditions set for an early start of the 2022 fire season , it is imperative that we collectively take preventative steps now to prepare , and we ask all Californians to do their part in wildfire preparedness . ”
While outdoor burning of landscape debris by homeowners is no longer allowed , CAL FIRE is asking residents to take that extra time to prepare your home for wildfire by creating defensible space and hardening your home ahead of wildfires .
Here are some tips to help prepare homes and property:
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
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 the campfire is maintained in such a manner as to prevent its spread to the wildland . A valid campfire permit is required and can be obtained online at www . ReadyForWildfire . org .
For additional information on how to create Defensible Space , Home Hardening , Evacuation Planning and how to be prepared for wildfires , as well as tips to prevent wildfires , visit www . ReadyForWildfire . org .
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