All Outdoor Burning Suspended as Limited Firefighting Resources and Critical Fire Weather Continue in Northern California
Press release from Cal Fire:
Over 8,300 firefighters remain on the line battling the 3rd largest fire and 7th most destructive in State history, the 259,000 acres Thomas Fire. As of today, 6 major fires since Monday, December 4th have burned nearly 284,000 acres and destroyed nearly 1,300 structures.
Conditions across the state are tinder dry due to above average temperatures and low humidity. Red flag warnings are in effect for Mendocino County and the Bay Area. Winds are forecasted to increase throughout Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. Considering these critical fire weather conditions coupled with a limited number of available firefighting resources, the CAL FIRE Humboldt – Del Norte Unit has requested the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQMD) temporarily suspend all outdoor burning. NCUAQMD has granted that request and burning is currently suspended.
CAL FIRE is asking residents to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home.
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/drought tolerant plants.
Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping or hauling it to a biomass energy facility.
For additional information on how to create Defensible Space, as well as tips to prevent wildfires, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.