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CalFire suspends burn permits in Riverside County


Last updated 6/2/2019 at 11:08am

PERRIS - Outdoor burn permits in Riverside County will be suspended until further notice due to extreme fire danger, officials said.

Beginning Monday, and until further notice:

-- Use of campfires is restricted to within established campfire facilities located in established campgrounds open to the public;

-- Agricultural burning in the Palo Verde Valley and Coachella Valley is authorized as required for agricultural rehabilitation;

-- Cooking fires with a valid permit are permitted when no alternate means of cooking is available and requires an on-site inspection prior to the issuance of a permit;

-- Warming fires are permitted and require an on-site inspection prior to the issuance of a permit when weather conditions exist to justify the request.

"Although winter and spring rains were plentiful, fire danger always lurks as the grasses that these rains produced have begun to dry out, creating a fire hazard. We strongly encourage all Riverside County residents to harden your home and property against wildland fires. Please comply with the implemented open burning suspension. They are put in place for you, the public and our firefighters safety,'' Riverside County Fire Chief Shawn C. Newman said.

State rangers or other authorized agents of the director of Forestry and Fire Protection may issue restricted temporary burning permits whenever it can be shown that burning or use of open fire is essential for reasons of public health, safety, or welfare.

"Since January 1, 2019 CAL FIRE and firefighters across the state have already responded to over 800 wildfires,'' CalFire officials said. "While outdoor burning of landscape debris by homeowners is no longer allowed, CalFire is asking residents 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.''

The following tips were offered by firefighting officials:

-- Clear all dead and or dying vegetation 100 feet from around all structures;

-- Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants;

-- Find alternative ways to dispose of all landscape debris; such as chipping or hauling it to a biomass energy or green waste facility;

The suspension of burn permits for residential landscape debris does not apply to organized campgrounds or on private property. A campfire permit can be obtained at local fire stations or online at


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