Tuesday, June 24, 2008

No Burn

No-burn order issued for parched Southern California

SAN DIEGO – State fire officials on Monday said they had issued a no-burn proclamation for the southern half of California, including San Diego County.

With much of the state baking in sweltering heat and wildfires raging in Northern California, Cal Fire is suspending open residential burn permits in 24 counties – from Calaveras and San Joaquin counties in the central part of the state to San Diego and Imperial counties.

Agricultural, industrial, hazard abatement and forest management burning also is suspended. Campfires are still permitted in organized campgrounds or on private property – provided there are safeguards to keep the fire from spreading, the Cal Fire announcement said.

Candace Gregory, Cal Fire's Southern Regional Chief, said the proclamation took effect Saturday at 4 p.m. and will remain in place until she formally cancels it.

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