2016-10-27 / Front Page

Burning ban lifted in County, permits are still required

Gazette staff

On Friday, Oct.28, at 8 a.m. CAL FIRE, Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU), will lift the burn suspension in all State Responsibility Areas of Madera, Mariposa and Merced counties.

In Mariposa County, CAL FIRE Burn Permits will be required and burning will be permitted on “Permissive Burn Days” only as established by the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District. Permits can be obtained from any local CAL FIRE Station between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are valid for three years.

Non-residential burning and/or commercial burning require a commercial burning permit from Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District. Contact the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District with non-residential and commercial burning questions at 966-2220 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Madera and Merced counties, contact San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control at (877) 429-2876 (877-HAZ-BURN) for permit requirements prior to burning.

To limit the threat of large and damaging fires, CAL FIRE officials said they need the “cooperation of our citizens to burn safely and carefully within the MMU Unit of CAL FIRE.”

While burning will be allowed on permissive burn days with a valid permit, it is the responsibility of the permittee to follow the rules established on their permit. Permittees are liable for escaped and uncontrolled fires. While forecast are calling for cooler temperatures and rain, vegetation remains dry and vulnerable to fire.

All permittees must comply with all fire laws stated on the permit. For more information on defensible space and fire safety visit our website at www.fire.ca.gov.

Residents wishing to burn MUST verify permit requirements and burn day status prior to burning.

The Mariposa County Burn Day Information Line number is (209) 966-1200.

The Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District number is (209) 966-2220.

Here are the requirements for burning:

• Maximum pile size 4x4 foot diameter.

• Area within 10 feet of the outer edge of pile is maintained free and clear of all flammable material and vegetation.

• Responsible adult in attendance with a shovel until fire is dead out.

• Water supply at burning site.

• No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly wind) are such that burning can be considered safe.

Additional terms and conditions are:

• Only dry, natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned. The burning of trash, painted wood or other debris is not allowed.

• Contact Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District for additional requirements.

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