February 2020 was the driest month since the 1850s in California, and warming temperatures and winds are quickly drying out the annual grass crop. The increasing fire danger posed by dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Tulare County.
This suspension takes effect Monday, June 15, 2020 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves. CAL FIRE suspends burn permits
“The last few years saw devastating reminders that the public cannot let their guard down,” said Chief Thom Porter, CAL FIRE director. “Together, we must continue to adapt and evolve to be able to withstand the intensity of these fires, keeping in mind that the only way to mitigate the damage they cause is through prevention and preparation. The potential is great for the dry, hot weather that fueled the massive fires over the last few years will return again this year, so it is up to the public to be ready.”
Since January 1, 2020, CAL FIRE and firefighters across the state have already responded to over 2,338 wildfires. While outdoor burning of landscape debris by homeowners is no longer allowed, CAL FIRE is asking residents to take that extra time to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home and building on their property and being prepared to evacuate if the time comes.
Here are some tips to help prepare homes and property:
Clear all dead and dying vegetation 100 feet from around all structures.
Landscape with fire-resistant plants and non-flammable groundcover.
Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping.