CalFire: Burn Ban Called for East & South Bay Counties Due to Dry Conditions

December 30, 2013 10:00 am · 3 comments

State fire officials have issued a ban on all open burning in parts of the East Bay and South Bay due to dry conditions and increased fire danger.

The burn ban, which starts today, covers Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties, as well as portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The counties covered by the ban are experiencing record-breaking low rainfall, low humidity, dry fuel moisture levels and increased fire activity, according to Cal Fire Division Chief Rich Sampson.

Special permits will be required for agriculture, land management, fire training and other industrial-type burning, and camp fires are allowed in designated campgrounds or in designated facilities on private property.

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1 Jerk December 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM

WTF is this? I would have thought the BAAQMD BS STAD would have covered this. And all of you people wanted government run healthcare…

2 Burnin December 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM

The BAAQMD STADs only covers heating your home with wood! Almost all the PM 2.5 from wood fires comes from sources other than home heating. PM 2.5 from home heating with wood is very small, less than 10%.

3 Anon2you December 30, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Just ban fire…that should do it…

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