People with valid agricultural and residential burn permits in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties can resume burning starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday on days when it’s allowed, but that doesn’t mean fire season is over just yet.
Cal Fire announced in a news release Monday morning that Josh White, chief of the agency’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, formally cancelled the seasonal suspension on burn permits following recent storms that blanketed the area with rain and snow.
“Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and winter weather have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire,” the agency stated in the news release.
People are still required to obtain a burn permit from Cal Fire prior to burning until the agency officially declares that fire season is over, the new release stated.
Agricultural burns also still must be pre-inspected by Cal Fire until the fire season ends. Inspections may be required for residential burns as well.
“Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agricultural burns, follow all guidelines provided, and always maintain control of the fire,” the new release stated.
The agency warned that allowing a fire to escape and/or burn onto neighboring property can result in criminal or civil penalties, or both.
Safe residential pile burning is a way for landowners to reduce fire hazards on their property, according to Cal Fire, which added that state, federal and local agencies will also be conducting prescribed burns during this time to improve forest health on private and public land.
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