Cal Fire officials on Monday suspended outdoor burning in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, along with the eastern portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Record-breaking low rainfall, low humidity, low fuel-moisture levels, higher than normal temperatures and increased fire activity have increased the risk of wildfires throughout the state. Authorities expect these conditions to continue.
We know this makes it more difficult for property owners who are trying to reduce the flammable vegetation on their property, and we encourage them to continue to create defensible space, said Chief Josh White of Cal Fires Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit. Unfortunately, the unusually dry conditions have made burning unsafe. This suspension of outdoor burning is essential for the safety of all our communities.
Cal Fire officials say they could lift the burn suspension if normal winter weather patterns return. At this time, campfires are permitted in the Stanislaus National Forest, in designated campgrounds and on private property with permission of the landowner and authorities.