Burn permit suspension lifted

Daytime burning above 3,000 feet elevation is now allowed after a burn permit suspension in the Madera Mariposa Merced Unit of Cal Fire was lifted Monday, Fire Prevention Specialist Karen Guillemin-Kanawyer said.

In only Mariposa County, evening burning is allowed from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. at all elevations, with that practice restricted in Madera and Merced counties.

As fuel conditions change, the elevation will be adjusted, Guillemin-Kanawyer said.

Cal Fire or other approved burn permits will be required until the end of peak fire season.

While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, California is still in the fourth year of drought. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris burns. Always use caution when burning, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times.

Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.

Guillemin-Kanawyer said it’s a property owner’s responsibility to check burn day status by calling the local air pollution control district. For Madera County, dial (559) 230-6000.

Cal FIre also provided requirements for burn piles.

Pile burning requirements

* 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.

* Do not burn on windy days.

* Piles should be no larger than four feet in diameter and height. One can add to the pile as it burns down.

* Clear a 10-foot diameter down to bare soil around the piles.

* Have a shovel and water source nearby.

* An adult must be in attendance at all times.

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