State fire officials Wednesday lifted a burn suspension for several counties, including eastern portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties along with Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. Residents, however, are required to have burn permits, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Burning will only be allowed from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. on permissive burn days established by the Air Pollution Control District in each county. In Calaveras County, burning on property thats five acres or larger requires a permit from the Air Pollution Control District. In Tuolumne County, clearing two acres or more of vegetation requires a permit from the Air Pollution Control District.
Cal Fire Unit Chief Josh White reminded residents to burn carefully to limit the threat of large and damaging fires. Even though the forecast calls for rain and temperatures are cooler, vegetation remains dry, White said in a news release.
Burn permit restrictions include: a pile size of 4 feet by 4 feet with a 10-foot clearance around the pile, never leave the burning fire alone, have access to water and dont burn on days with forecasted with high or gusty winds.
To check on the burn-day status, call the Air Pollution Control District in Calaveras County at (209) 754-6600; in Tuolumne County at (209) 533-5598; and in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties at (877) 429-2876.
For more information on defensible space and fire safety, go to www.fire.ca.gov.