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Burn Ban Lifted

There hasn’t been a whole lot of rain so far, but it’s apparently enough for the County Fire Department to lift the suspension of burn permits.
As of Tuesday, Jan. 16, the burn permit suspension in SLO County was lifted, according to a notice from Cal Fire/County Fire. Cal Fire San Luis Obispo Unit Chief, Scott Jalbert, formally canceled the suspension and told those with “current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits” they could resume burning “on permissible burn days.”
However, there is a catch. “Agriculture burns must be inspected by Cal Fire prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season,” reads the notice. “Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture burns. This can be verified by contacting your local Air Quality Management District,” which in SLO County is the Air Pollution Control District or APCD. Cal Fire burn permits will still be required until the end of fire season.
Cooler temps, higher humidity and “winter weather” have helped to begin to diminish the threat of wildfire.
With winds still kicking up, especially in the mornings and late afternoons, everyone must be careful. “Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns,” said Cal Fire. “Follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.”
Anyone who wants to burn debris has to verify that it’s a so-called, “burn day” by calling the APCD Hotline at: 1-800-834-2876 or see: www.slocleanair.org/rules-regulations/burning.php.
Burning requirements for piles of debris include: 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, don’t burn on windy days; piles should be no larger than 4-feet in diameter and in height (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; and an adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.
For more information on burning, see the Cal Fire website at: www.fire.ca.gov.

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