While wildfires are a natural part of the California landscape, fire season in California and throughout the West starts earlier and ends later each year. Warmer spring and summer temperatures, reduced snowpack, and earlier spring snowmelt create longer and more intense dry seasons that increase water stress on vegetation and make forests more vulnerable to severe wildfires.
Growing fire danger posed by dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the area prompt Calfire to suspend all burning permits for outdoor residential burning in the Tehama Counties state area of responsibility and Glenn. This suspension is now in effect and suspends all residential outdoor burns of landscape debris such as branches and leaves. The burning suspension also includes all unincorporated areas in Tehama County except for the communities of Mineral, Childs Meadows, Deer Creek and Mill Creek. The suspension of burning in these areas will take effect on Monday, June 13, unless fire conditions require an earlier suspension of burning.
Residents should check with their local fire department for burning restrictions in the Capay Fire District, Corning city limits, or if they live in parts of Glenn County that are not in the SRA. Burning is not permitted in the town of Red Bluff.
“Wildfires in California continue to threaten our communities,” said Chief Joe Tyler, director of Calfire. “With conditions set for an early start to the 2022 fire season, it is imperative that we collectively take preventative action now to prepare, and we ask all Californians to do their part in wildfire preparedness. .”
While outdoor burning of landscape debris by homeowners is no longer allowed, Calfire is asking residents to take that extra time to prepare your home for wildfires by creating defensible space and bracing your home before wildfires.
California has already had an unusually early start to the fire season amid a
persistent drought and historically low levels of precipitation and reservoirs.
Here are some tips to help prepare homes and belongings:
• Clear all dead or dying vegetation within 100 feet around all structures.
• Landscape with fire-resistant plants and non-flammable ground cover.
• Find other ways to dispose of landscape debris, such as shredding it or transporting it to a biomass energy or green waste facility
Calfire may issue temporary restricted burning permits if there is an overriding reason for public health and safety. Agriculture, land management, fire training and other industrial type burning may occur if a CAL FIRE official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit.
The suspension of burning permits for residential landscape debris does not apply to campfires in organized campgrounds or on private property. Campfires may be permitted if the campfire is maintained in such a way as to prevent its spread to nature. A valid campfire permit is required and can be obtained online at www.ReadyForWildfire.org.
For more information on creating defensive space, home reinforcement, escape planning, and wildfire preparedness, as well as tips for preventing wildfires, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org .