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Burn permit suspension lifted in Plumas, Lassen and Modoc counties

CalFire announced that effective Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 a.m., the burn permit suspension in Plumas, Lassen and Modoc counties will be lifted.

CalFire LMU Unit Chief Scott Packwood is formally canceling the burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days.

Agriculture burns must be inspected by CalFire prior to burning until the end of peak fire season. Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture burns. This can be verified by contacting your local Air Quality Management District.

Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and winter weather have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire always. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.

Residents wishing to burn MUST have a burn permit in your possession, and must verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning by calling their local Air Pollution Control District. Burn permits can be obtained at your local CalFire Station or online at burnpermit.fire.ca.gov.

Pile burning requirements

Only dry, natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned.

The burning of trash, painted wood or other debris is not allowed.

Do NOT burn on windy days.

Piles should be no larger than 4 feet in diameter and in height. You can add to pile as it burns down.

Clear a 10-foot diameter down to bare soil around your piles.

Have a shovel and a water source nearby.

An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.

Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, federal and local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health and resiliency on private and public lands.

For more information on burning, visit the CalFire website at www.fire.ca.gov.

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