Cooler weather and decreased fire danger has allowed the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to reduce burning restrictions in some areas of Northern California, including Nevada County.
Cal Fire officials have declared an end to the suspension of all residential burning within state responsibility areas of Nevada, Yuba, Placer and Sierra counties effective 8 a.m. Friday, the agency said in a Wednesday news release.
“Burn permits will be required due to the potential for fire danger to fluctuate in the coming weeks,” Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief Brad Harris said in the release.
Cal Fire officials will coordinate with local Air Pollution Control Districts on the daily burn day status. Residents must obtain a valid burn permit and burn only on permissive burn days. In the Truckee area, burning is only allowed during daylight hours, which minimizes smoke complaints due to nighttime inversions.
The subsequent requirements, listed on the burn permit, must be followed:
— Maximum pile size 4 foot in diameter.
— Clear all flammable material and vegetation within 10-feet of the outer edge of the pile.
— Keep a water supply close to the burning site.
— An adult should be in attendance with a shovel until the fire is put out.
— No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly wind) are such that burning can be considered safe.
Violations of any burning permit terms are a violation of state law. If a fire escapes a homeowner’s control, they can be issued a citation and be held liable for suppression costs and damages.
Burn permits can be obtained at all Cal Fire facilities. Nevada County residents can confirm burn day status by calling 530-274-7928. For more information on burn permit requirements, contact Cal Fire at 530-889-0111 or visit fire.ca.gov.