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CDF sets suspension on burning

Dry conditions, anticipated high winds and a pair of early-season fires prompted a burn suspension effective 7 a.m. today, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced.

CDF’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit faced two fires Thursday, including a one-acre blaze in the Chicago Park area. Placer County had a smaller fire by Lincoln.



“This is really unheard of for February,” CDF spokeswoman Tina Rose said. “It’s uncommon for us to have two one-acre fires at 3,000-foot elevation.”




The burn suspension, which prohibits burning yard waste even for those with permits, is effective until 7 a.m. Monday. It comes with the start of strong northerly winds, which have the potential to spread fire quickly.

The Chicago Park fire started around 1 p.m. near Orchards Springs Road and Country Lane after flames escaped a debris pile, Peardale-Chicago Park Fire Chief Jim Bierwagen said.

Crews from Peardale-Chicago Park, Ophir Hill and the CDF station in Colfax responded. All cleared the scene by 4 p.m.

Bierwagen called the fire a “little bit” rare. “It’s been dry for a couple of weeks now, so things will burn,” he said.

Conditions are harsher in Southern California, where firefighters are flocking in anticipation of 60 to 80 mph winds. A strike team that includes three engines from the Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit was dispatched to Riverside Thursday, Rose said.


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