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CalFire Suspends Burn Permits in SD County


Last updated 5/30/2024 at 9:40am

CalFire San Diego has suspended all burn permits for outdoor residential burning in San Diego County due to the increase in fire risk as temperatures begin to warm up and winds are increasing.

The suspension takes effect at 8 a.m. Saturday June 1 and suspends all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves, CalFire officials said.

"Due to increased fire risk, we are suspending all burn permits effective June 1," said Unit and Fire Chief Tony Mecham. "This measure is essential to safeguard our communities and resources during this heightened period of danger."

Since Jan. 1, firefighters across the state have already responded to more than 1,250 wildfires.

While outdoor burning of landscape debris by homeowners is no longer allowed, Cal Fire is asking residents to take extra time to prepare for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of defensible space around every home and building on their property and being prepared to evacuate if the time comes.

Cal Fire may issue restricted temporary burning permits if there is an essential reason due to public health and safety. Agriculture, land management, fire training, and other industrial type burning may proceed if a Cal Fire official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit.