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CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits in Tehama and Glenn Counties
With 2020 starting out with February being the driest month since the 1850’s in California, warming temperatures and winds are quickly drying out the annual grass crop. The increasing fire danger posed by dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Tehama and Glenn Counties. This suspension takes effect Monday June 22, 2020 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves. The burn suspension includes all unincorporated areas of Tehama County, except for the communities of Mineral, Childs Meadows, Deer Creek, and Mill Creek. The burn suspension in these areas will go into effect Wednesday, July 1, 2020 unless fire conditions require an earlier burn suspension. Residents should check with their local fire officials for burning restrictions in the Capay Fire District, Corning city limits, or if they live in portions of Glenn County that are not in the SRA. Burning is not allowed within the City of Red Bluff.
“The last few years saw devastating reminder’s that the public cannot let their guard down. Together, we must continue to adapt and evolve to be able to withstand the intensity of these fires, keeping in mind, that the only way to mitigate the damage they cause is through prevention and preparation,” said Chief Thom Porter, CAL FIRE director. “The potential is great for the dry, hot weather that fueled the massive fires over the last few years to return again this year, so it is up to the public to be ready.”
Since January 1, 2020 CAL FIRE and firefighters across the state have already responded to over 2,767 wildfires. While outdoor burning of landscape debris by homeowners is no longer allowed, CAL FIRE is asking residents to take that extra time to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home and building on their property and being prepared to evacuate if the time comes.
Here are some tips to help prepare homes and property:
• Clear all dead and or dying vegetation 100 feet from around all structures.
• Landscape with fire resistant plants and non-flammable ground cover.
• Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping or hauling it to a biomass energy or green waste facility.