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No Wood Burning in Bidwell Park

Chico Fire says that during peak fire season, we need to restrict barbecueing in the pits to charcoal, or bring portable gas stoves.

Posted: Aug 10, 2018 9:16 AM

Chico, Calif.-- There are some new rules for Chico's Bidwell Park - sparked by concern over wildfires across California.

So, I met with Chico Fire's Division Chief Jesse Alexander tell better understand the important changes and asked him what we all need to keep in mind right now.

"The new rule throughout the entire park is no wood burning fires," said Alexander. "Outside or inside the barbeque pits. We are allowing charcoal, only barbeques and LPG gas if you bring your own portable barbeque."

I asked about restrictions on bringing our own portable grills.

"As long as you place it in the actual pit or on the stand, you're fine," said Alexander.

Of course, we all need to keep in mind that some days, it will be too dangerous for any kind of barbequing.

"The National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warnings ... (in which case) we send out a press release saying fires are prohibited in the park," said Alexander.

This won't be in place forever, though - we can go back to wood fire in the wintertime.

"It's only going to be in place during fire season, May 1st through November 1st ... We're trying to do a balancing act between safety of the community, fire danger, and allow people to participate in recreational activities and have a fun family outing, barbequing with their family," said Alexander.

Here is a link to all of the Bidwell Park rules.

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