A Cal Fire burning suspension that started Monday was lifted Thursday morning in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, along with the eastern portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.
Open burning will be allowed on permissive burn days in each county, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Much-needed rain this week has helped make conditions more suitable for burning, but Cal Fire Unit Chief Josh White reminded residents to burn carefully. He said residents should check the burn status regularly because extended dry weather often can change burn requirements.
In Tuolumne County, clearing two or more acres of vegetation requires a permit from the Air Pollution Control District. In Calaveras County, burning on property of five or more acres requires a permit from the air district. When burning, residents never should leave the fire unattended, should have water available and never burn on days forecast to have high or gusty wind.
To check a burn day status, in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties, call 877-429-2876; in Tuolumne County, call (209) 533-5598; and in Calaveras County, call (209) 754-6600.