YREKA, Calif. — Burn permits are suspended in Siskiyou County effective on Monday, Cal Fire announced early last week — citing a particularly dry winter and warming temperatures.
Despite a wet start to the year, January and February were the driest months on record since 1852 for central and northern California, Cal Fire said in a statement. With increasingly hot temperatures and rising winds in June, fire danger conditions prompted officials to suspend burn permits beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday.
"The last few years saw devastating reminders that the public cannot let their guard down. Together we must continue to adapt and evolve to be able to withstand the intensity of these fires, keeping in mind that the only way to mitigate the damage they cause is through prevention and preparation," said Cal Fire director Chief Thom Porter. "The potential is great for the dry, hot weather that fueled the massive fires over the last few years to return again this year, so it is up to the public to be ready."
Recent rains have done little to alleviate drought conditions in Siskiyou County, Cal Fire Chief Phillip Anzo said.
Cal Fire said that the agency has seen over 2,338 wildfires in the state since January 1. Home owners are asked to maintain at least 100 feet of defensible space around their home and buildings, and be prepared to evacuate if needed.
The agency may issue temporary, restricted burning permits following an inspection if there is a public health and safety concern — including for agriculture, land management, fire training, and other industrial types of burning.