With six major wildfires continuing to burn in northern California, CAL FIRE is warning residents and visitors to be cautious when enjoying outdoor activities during the holiday weekend.
In anticipation of increased outdoor activities over the Labor Day weekend, CAL FIRE officials are urging everyone to exercise extra caution and be safe this holiday weekend.
Wildfires continue to burn in northern California and much of the state remains at high risk for wildfires, according to an Aug. 30 CAL FIRE news release.
More than 500,000 acres have burned in California so far this year. CAL FIRE says the potential for additional large, destructive fires increases as we approach fall.
CAL FIRE urges residents and visitors to be "extremely cautious" in recreational areas.
Due to existing or recent fires many areas are closed to visitors and campers. Anyone planning to visit one of the National Forests within California is asked to contact the Forest Area Office directly to obtain current information on closures and fire restrictions.
Burn ban in effect
A state-wide burn ban has been in effect since Aug. 15 for all statewide responsibility areas. All residential "dooryard" burning, forest management, hazard abatement, and other industrial-type burning is suspended until further notice. Campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds.
Wildfires are not the only danger posed by the outdoors, according to CAL FIRE. Drowning also dramatically increases during the Labor Day weekend. CAL FIRE responds to water rescues all across the state, many of which tragically claim the lives of both adults and children.
CAL FIRE urges everyone to follow these safety tips this holiday weekend:
• Obtain necessary permits needed for campfires and adhere to any restrictions
• Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of any campfire
• Have a responsible person in attendance at all times while campfire in use
• Ensure all campfires are completely extinguished before leaving
• When barbecuing, never leave the grill unattended
In the Water
• Always wear a life jacket!
• Children should always be supervised by a responsible adult
• Never swim alone
• Drinking and swimming is just as dangerous as drinking and driving.
For more ways to be safe during the Labor Day Weekend visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.