Effective today, May 1, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Siskiyou Unit will require burning permits for any type of open burning in State Responsibility Areas.

Residents must obtain a valid burn permit and burn only on permissive burn days as determined by Siskiyou Air Quality. Anyone that is conducting open burning must keep the fire within permit requirements at all times.

Failure to maintain control of the fire will result in the permit becoming revoked and the possibility of the responsible party could be held liable for fire suppression costs, fines and civil damages.

Basic requirements for a residential burn permit include continual monitoring by a responsible adult; at least 10 foot clearance to bare mineral soil around the pile; and adequate control resources (tools, water, etc).

It is illegal to burn garbage. Open burning should not be conducted when winds exceed 10 miles per hour.

Always call Siskiyou Air Quality first before you burn to confirm burn day status and appropriate hours at 530-842-8123 or 1-866-652-2876 (toll free).

For non-residential burning contact your local CAL FIRE station for additional information.

With the warmer temperatures and the lack of rain CAL FIRE has staffed up early. All CAL FIRE stations within Siskiyou County are staffed and available to issue burn permits. If you live within city limits contact your local fire agency for location of where you can obtain a burn permit.

CAL FIRE Operations Chief Ron Bravo wants to remind residents to take extra precautions while burning. Siskiyou County is extremely dry and has already experienced multiple fires escapes.

This year CAL FIRE crews will be out and about talking to residents and making sure folks are burning as safely as possible.

For more information on burn permit requirements, contact CAL FIRE at 530-842-3516 or visit www.fire.ca.gov.