Fire officials say they’ll end burn ban this month |

Fire officials say they’ll end burn ban this month

Nevada County residents itching to burn yard waste should get their chance soon, as Cal Fire officials say the burn ban will be lifted some time this month.

No specific date is set for when Cal Fire will lift the ban.

Unit chiefs make recommendations on when it should end, though officials in Sacramento make the final decision, said John Hotchkiss, fire captain specialist with Cal Fire.

“Probably sometime around mid-month you should look for it to be lifted,” Hotchkiss added.

Weather conditions play a large role in when the ban is removed. Battalion Chief Jerry Good, with Higgins Fire District, said fire officials must ensure enough rain has fallen to properly saturate the land before any ban is lifted.

Once the ban is gone, people must get a permit and only burn on approved days. Permits are free and available at staffed fire stations.

“A lot of folks will drive to the closest fire station,” Hotchkiss said.

People show their ID to get the free permit for private, residential use. They must then contact the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District to discover which days are permissible for burning.

Western Nevada County residents should call 530-274-7928. The number for Eastern Nevada County is 530-582-1027. Hotchkiss said burn information is regularly updated.

If the burn ban is lifted, a permit granted and the air quality district has allowed burning, then people can burn under certain conditions. People are limited to a 4-by-4 foot area, must be present during the fire and have water nearby.

Hotchkiss cautioned that people can face possible criminal and civil penalties if a fire grows out of control.

“Be extra cautious this year,” Hotchkiss advised. “It doesn’t take much for fire to get away from you.”

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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