Cal Fire has suspended all burning permits and open fire within the State Responsibility Area of California.
According to a press release from Cal Fire, the decision was prompted by California's increased fire activity, coupled with the current weather forecast for continued heightened fire danger. The ban suspends all residential burn permits, forest management, hazard abatement, and other industrial-type permitted burning within the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area.
"Over 8,000 CAL FIRE, local and federal firefighters are on the frontlines of nearly a dozen major wildfires that are burning across California," Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director, stated in the release. "With conditions being so dry, we need to take every step possible to prevent new wildfires from starting."
Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property are allowed if they are in a designated campfire site that prevents fire from spreading outside the site, the release stated. The burning suspension will remain in effect until there is a significant change in weather conditions or until the end of fire season.
The last two years have been relatively light for wildfires due in part to favorable weather patterns, but this year California has experienced an increase in fires statewide. Historically, the fall months are when the largest and most damaging wildfires occur, so Cal Fire is asking residents to do their part to be fire safe and prepare an emergency plan in case a fire threatens their home or family.