Thursday Apr 24 2008
Cal Fire issues warning about control burns
By: Staff Report
Burn permits rqired starting May 1
With the warmer temperatures and breezy conditions of the last couple weeks, CAL FIRE, Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit has responded to numerous escaped control burns. Residents who burn are responsible to maintain control of their fire. If a fire gets out of control, the resident may be held criminally and civilly responsible for all costs associated with the suppression of the fire and the damage it caused. Unit Chief Brad Harris strongly encourages residents to “Take advantage of the free chipping services to dispose of your yard clippings.” For additional information, Placer County residents can call (530) 889-0111 extension 3. Effective Thursday, May 1, burn permits will be required. Permits can be obtained at your local fire station, at no charge. The following burn permit guidelines must be followed in order to burn safely and legally. ? Maximum burn pile size is 4 foot by 4 foot in diameter ? Clear all flammable material and vegetation within 10-feet of the outer edge of burn pile ? An adult must be in attendance of the fire at all times with a water supply and shovel ? Burning can only be done on “Permissive Burn Days.” Before burning, call: Nevada County (530) 274-7928, Yuba County (530) 741-6299, Placer County (530) 889-6868 ? Use of burn barrels or burning of household waste are no longer allowed Create a 100-foot zone of defensible space around buildings, which is required by law. Following these steps can significantly increase the chance of a home surviving a wildfire! The goal is to protect your home while providing a safe area for firefighters. ? Remove all flammable vegetation 30 feet from all structures. ? In the remaining 70-feet create a reduced fuel zone by spacing trees and plants from each other. ? Remove all build-up of needles and leaves from the roof and gutters ? Remove branches 10 feet from all chimneys and remove dead limbs that overhang any structure ? Remove lower tree branches at least six feet from the ground or 1/3 of the tree height When clearing vegetation, use care when operating power equipment. One small spark may start a fire. In wildland areas, spark arresters are required on all portable gasoline powered equipment. Visit www.fire.ca.gov for additional information.