California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) ordered a suspension of all large-scale controlled fires across 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area in California. The suspended burning order is an attempt by CAL FIRE to fight the state’s wildfire problem.
“The increase in fire activity this year, coupled with record-setting drought conditions, requires us to take every step possible to prevent new wildfires from starting,” said CAL FIRE Director, Ken Pimlott. “In support of the Governor’s Drought State of Emergency, I am ordering each of the 21 unit chiefs and six contract county chiefs to issue local proclamations suspending burning on State Responsibility Area lands in their respective jurisdictions, effective no later than July 1, 2014.”
The suspension will include all residential burn permits, forest management, hazard abatement, and other industrial-type permitted burning. However, campfires may still be allowed in designated campsites. For more information on when and where you can have a fire, click here.
CAL FIRE has experienced 70% more fires this year than the average, so they are urging people to prepare their homes and family for wildfires. You can visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org for preparation tips.
Greg Cotta filed this report.