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The forecasted winter storm this weekend and recent cooler weather in Northern California has allowed CAL FIRE, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, to transition to winter staffing levels in Nevada, Yuba and Placer counties on Monday, December 9, 2013.
Unit Deputy Chief Randy Smith says “Our staffing levels are augmented as wildfire conditions warrant and this reduction in staffing and resources is indicative of a reduction in fire danger,” “However, local residents should be aware that even with the recent cool weather and expected precipitation, a period of dry windy conditions could change things to the point where wildfires are possible.”
Decreased fire danger also allows for residential burn permit restrictions to be lifted in the winter months. Residential burn permits will not be required in State Responsibility Areas of Nevada, Yuba, Placer and Sierra counties until weather conditions and fire danger warrant, typically around the first of May.
“While burn permits are not a requirement in the winter months, residents must always maintain control of their fire at all times,” said Chief Smith. “Individuals can be held civilly and criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape control or burn onto another property.”
Residents must always confirm burn day status by calling the local Air Pollution Control District:
For more information on safe debris burning, visit www.fire.ca.gov