Burn ban

By: Staff Report
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The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has banned residential debris burns for the summer. CalFire announced that residential burn permits in Nevada, Placer and Yuba counties have been suspended in areas that fall under CalFire's jurisdiction. The annual suspension typically is declared around the first of July in response to summer weather conditions. "Experience has shown that suspending debris burning is an effective way of preventing wildfires, especially as Northern California enters a period of hot and dry weather," Chief Brad Harris, of the Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit, said in a written statement. All fires or smoke reported to CalFire will be considered a wildfire and a full suppression response will be dispatched, according to a CalFire news release. Anyone who burns in violation of the suspension will be subject to civil or criminal action and could face cost recovery charges for the fire suppression response, officials said. The burn ban will remain in effect until enough rainfall accumulates in the fall to warrant lifting the suspension, according to CalFire. For more information, call the nearest CalFire facility, or see the website at Staff Report