Cal Fire lifts burn permit suspension

Posted at 11:29 AM, Dec 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-05 14:29:36-05

The wetter weather and improved fire conditions in San Diego County led Cal Fire to lift the burn permit suspension that has been in effect since June.

The lift will go into effect Monday, allowing those with current, valid agriculture and residential burn permits to resume controlled burns on designated burn days.

Agriculture burns must be inspected by Cal Fire prior to burning, according to Fire Captain Kendal Bortisser.

Burn permits will still be required until the end of peak fire season, despite the wetter conditions, Bortisser said.

Property owners and residents were advised to use caution when conducting debris or agriculture burns and to follow burn guidelines at all times.

Only dry, natural vegetation such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned and individuals are not allowed to burn on windy days.

Piles can be no larger than four feet wide and four feet high and adults are required to have a shovel and water nearby, Bortisser said.

Controlled burns are a crucial tool for reducing fire hazards and are utilized by land management and fire agencies across the state to improve forest health, Bortisser said.

Individuals can be held civilly or criminally liable for allowing a fire to get out of control, according to Bortisser.

Residents planning to conduct a burn are required to verify it is permissive by calling their local Cal Fire station or the Air Quality Management District at 858-586-2600.