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Burn Permits Suspended Much Earlier

It’s another indication of what could be another severe wildfire season. Less than a month after debris burn permits started being required, they’ve already been suspended by Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit, starting May 24th. A year ago, permits weren’t suspended until June 15th and it’s the earliest suspension in at least several years. Public Information Officer Mary Eldridge says the suspension applies to all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris, such as branches and leaves…

click to listen to Mary Eldridge

Statewide, Cal Fire has already had to put out over two-thousand wildfires, including a number of debris burns that got out of control too easily. But Eldridge says even with the suspension, you should continue maintaining at least 100 feet of defensible space around your home. Also, landscape with fire-resistant plants and non-flammable ground cover…

click to listen to Mary Eldridge

Cal Fire also says to find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris, like chipping or hauling it to a biomass energy or green waste facility.

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