Burn Suspension Lifted BUT Be Careful, Says Cal Fire

The wet weather has eased fire fears and the burn suspension has been lifted for Humboldt, Del Norte, Shasta and Trinity Counties. However, Cal Fire reminds residents that it is the fourth year of drought and caution should be used when dealing with outdoor burns.

See Cal Fire press releases for Humboldt and Del Norte below as well as Shasta and Trinity Counties below that.

cal fireEffective Monday, November 2, 2015 the burn suspension in Humboldt and Del Norte counties will be lifted. CAL FIRE Humboldt – Del Norte Unit Chief Hugh Scanlon is formally cancelling the burn suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid Non-Standard and Residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Non Standard burn piles larger than 4’must be inspected by CAL FIRE prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season. To schedule an inspection or request information on burning requirements contact your local CAL FIRE Station.

CAL FIRE burn permits will be required in addition to Non Standard Air Quality Permits until the end of peak fire season. While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, we are still in our fourth year of drought. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting vegetation burns. Always use caution when burning, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.

Residents wishing to burn MUST have a valid burn permit and verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning.

Burn day information is available at 1-866-287-6329.

Pile Burning Requirements

  • Only dry, natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned.
  • The burning of trash, processed wood or other debris is not allowed.
  • Do NOT burn on windy days.
  • Piles shall confirm to your permit requirements. Clear a 10 foot diameter down to bare soil around your piles.
  • Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
  • An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.

Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, Federal and Local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.

For more information on burning, visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.

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Effective Monday, November 2nd, 2015 at 8:00 a.m., the burn permit suspension in Shasta and Trinity Counties will be lifted. CAL FIRE Shasta Trinity Unit Chief Mike Hebrard is formally cancelling the burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Burn permits for all types of burning, including dooryard debris burns, will be required until fire season is officially declared over for Shasta and Trinity County residents. The date for the closing of fire season will be determined as conditions warrant. Trinity County residents are required by the North Coast Air Quality Management District to have burn permits for the duration of permissive burning season.

For permit information or applications, contact your local fire jurisdiction and Shasta County AQMD at (530) 225-5674 or North Coast AQMD at (707) 443-3093. North Coast AQMD is also available on the web at www.NCUAQMD.org. Residents in the City of Redding and Buckeye Fire Protection District wishing to burn may contact the Redding Fire Department at (530) 225-4141. Residents wishing to burn will still need to check the burn day status in all areas. Trinity County burn day information is available at (866) 287-6329. Shasta County burn day information is available at (530) 224-8777 or (800) 411-8728.

  • Burn only clean, dry vegetative waste such as leaves, pine needles, and yard clippings.

  • Scrape a clearance of at least 10 feet to bare soil around any burn piles.

  • Always have a shovel and water supply nearby.

  • Never leave the burn pile unattended.

  • Avoid burning on windy days. The wind can spread embers.

  • Piles should be no larger than four feet in diameter and four feet high. Break larger piles down, and add to the pile as it burns down.

  • Never burn trash, painted wood or other debris.

Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, Federal and Local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.

For additional fire safety tips, go to www.PreventWildfireCA.org.

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