CAL FIRE lifts burn ban in Placer County

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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With the year’s first winter storm system here, CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) lifted the burn ban for Placer County, effective this past Monday.

The lift is issued to all residents who have current and valid agricultural and residential burn permits. Cooler winds, higher humidity and winter weather have begun to diminish the threat of wildfires, according to officials.

Tips for safely burning a pile size of 4 feet by 4 feet diameter are the following, according to  CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit spokeswoman Mary Eldridge:

▪ Clear all flammable material and vegetation within 10 feet of the outer edge of the pile

▪ Keep a water supply close to the burning site

▪ An adult should be in attendance with a shovel until the fire is out

▪ No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly wind) are such that burning can be considered safe.

Eldridge stressed that no household trash or garbage can be burned outdoors at residences.

CAL FIRE officials also said that dry, natural vegetation grown on the property can be burned outdoors in open piles, unless prohibited by local ordinances.

Burning can only be done on permissive burn days, as determined by the State Air Resources Board or the local Air Pollution Control District.

For an up-to-date burn day calendar for Placer County, visit