Burning Permits required May 1, 2011

According to a Cal Fire News Release, dated April 27, 2011:
CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit Chief Christopher P. Rowney advises Burning Permits are required prior to ANY outdoor burning on State Responsibility Lands (SRA) in Mendocino County effective May 1, 2011. Burning Permits can be obtained at CAL FIRE’s Howard Forest facility (459-7414) 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.  Additionally, permits may be obtained at the following CAL FIRE locations:

CAL FIRE Location Phone Dates Permits
Covelo 983-6499 April 29, 30, May 1,6,7,8
Fort Bragg 964-5674 May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11
Laytonville 984-6777 April 29, 30, May 1, 6, 7, 8
Redwood Coast Fire-Manchester Station 882-1833 M-W-F
Ukiah    462-7448 May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13   

Burning Permits can also be obtained from the following local agencies:  Laytonville, Little Lake (Willits), Redwood Valley-Calpella and Brooktrails Fire Departments Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm.

CAL FIRE urges residents to complete all outdoor burning prior to the hot, dry, or windy weather which will make outdoor burning unsafe.  The Brooktrails Fire Department will begin its burn suspension on June 1, 2011.  CAL FIRE anticipates a “burn suspension”    beginning on or before July 1, 2011, for all State Responsibility Lands, depending on the fire activity and weather conditions that affect public safety. All material being burned must comply with Mendocino Air Quality Management District regulations.

Chief Rowney reminds residents that summer is rapidly approaching and now is the time to complete the required precautionary measures to help protect their homes, property and communities from wildfire.  “When adequately prepared, homeowners can reduce the risks presented by wildfire by providing 100 feet of Defensible Space and taking simple clean up precautions around their homes.”

For more information on the required 100 foot Defensible Space and other fire safety tips visit the CAL FIRE web site at www.fire.ca.gov.

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