California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced it is suspending all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within Fresno and Kings counties as of June 20, because of drought conditions that have persisted despite the rainy spring.
The ban includes outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves, but does not apply to campfires within campgrounds or on private property as long as the campfire is maintained in a way that does not allow it to spread. A campfire permit can be obtained at local fire stations and at preventwildfireca.org.
The department said it may issue restricted temporary burning permits if there is a public health and safety need, and industrial-type burning can proceed if a Cal Fire official inspects the site and issues a permit.
Cal Fire reports that more than 38 wildfires have been reported in the Fresno-Kings Unit area, and is asking residents to ensure they are prepared by maintaining at least 100 feet of defensible space around every home by clearing out debris and dead vegetation.