BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Cal Fire officials announced that residential burn permits will be suspended in Butte County starting June 15 due to increasing fire danger.
February was recorded as the driest month since the 1850’s in California, according to Cal Fire officials.
“The increasing fire danger posed by dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting Cal Fire to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area and the unincorporated areas of Butte County,” Cal Fire crews said in a press release.
The suspension takes effect Monday, June 15, at 6 a.m. and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves.
“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.” “Being ready means finishing up the defensible space around your house,” said Butte Unit Interim Chief John Messina, “even without the benefits of burning, as the temperature heats up and humidity falls, there is plenty you can do to give yourself and your belongings the best chance to survive a wildfire.”
Since January 1, 2020, Cal Fire and firefighters across the state have responded to more than 2,300 wildfires.