Burn permits required starting today

April 30, 2014 

Starting today, officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will require burn permits for outdoor burning in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, along with eastern portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. Because of the exceptionally dry conditions, burning will be limited to the hours of 7 p.m. to 8 a.m., according to Cal Fire. “Because the surrounding vegetation is already much drier than normal for this time of year, please use extra caution with all outdoor burning, or any other projects that could start a wildfire,” said Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit Chief Josh White. Burn permits are available at all Cal Fire stations, except Hermit Springs and Skull Creek. Personnel may be away from the stations for extended periods of time when responding to emergencies. Burning requirements include limiting the pile size to a maximum of 4-feet-by-4-feet in diameter and height. Residents should remove all flammable material and vegetation within 10 feet of the outer edge of a debris pile. Someone should monitor the burning at all times with water and a shovel. The fire has to be extinguished before leaving. Residents should check the burn day status by calling the Air Pollution Control District in their area.

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