Cal Fire announced burn ban

Austen Thibault, The Union Democrat

The Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of Cal Fire will suspend outdoor burning for the Mother Lode on Monday until further notice.

The burning suspension covers the state responsibility areas in Tuolumne, Calaveras, eastern Stanislaus and eastern San Joaquin counties.

State responsibility area covers all land that isn't in the Stanislaus National Forest, owned by the Bureau of Land Management or in the city of Sonora.

Sonora Fire Department is also banning outdoor burning on Monday.

The Bureau of Land Management has already suspended outdoor burning for the season.

California is experiencing record-breaking low rainfall, low humidity and low fuel moisture levels, along with higher than normal temperatures and increased fire activity.

These conditions are expected to continue, Cal Fire said in a statement sent out about 3:20 p.m.

Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit Chief Josh White emphasized the necessity of the ban for public safety.

"We know this makes it more difficult for property owners who are trying to reduce the flammable vegetation on their property, and we encourage them to continue to create defensible space," White said. "Unfortunately, the unusually dry conditions have made burning unsafe. This suspension of outdoor burning is essential for the safety of all our communities. We are monitoring the weather conditions daily, and plan to lift the suspension if normal winter weather patterns return."

Campfires are still permitted on Stanislaus National Forest land, in designated campgrounds, Cal Fire said.

Today and Saturday have been declared no burn days.

To check on burn day information, call 533-5598.

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