Burn permits suspended for the summer

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Chief Brad Harris of the Cal Fire, Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit has announced the suspension of residential burn permits, effective today. The annual suspension of burn permits is declared each year 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,” Harris said. According to Harris, after July 1 all fires or smoke reported by citizens or spotted by Cal Fire lookouts will be treated like a wildfire and a full fire suppression response will be dispatched to the scene. Anyone who burns in violation of the suspension will be cited, added Harris. Consequences include a fine and/or facing the cost of recovery charges for the fire suppression response that could easily be in the tens of thousands of dollars. The burn permit suspension will be in effect until enough rainfall accumulates in the fall to warrant lifting the suspension. ~ Staff report