Sunday, June 17, 2007

Burning Permits Suspended (CAL Fire News Release 0615) CDF Suspends burn permits for INYO San Berdo & MONO Counties

Burning permits suspended

Saturday, June 16, 2007 10:05 AM PDT

Cal Fire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, is suspending burning permits on all state responsibility lands within San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono counties, according to a press release issued June 15.

The precaution is being done because of extreme potential for wildland fire. The burn suspension is being instituted beginning Monday, June 18, at 6 a.m. according to Section 4423.1 of the California Public Resources Code. The indefinite suspension is effective throughout the counties, except in the incorporated cities. Additionally, the use of campfires is restricted to campfire facilities located within established campgrounds open to the public.

"We hope that people were able to use the extra time to complete their property clearance and finish burning any cut vegetation that might have remained," said Doug Lannon, Fire Prevention Battalion Chief for the Cal Fire San Bernardino Unit.

Because of record low rainfall this year, moisture levels in the vegetation is dangerously low. Wildland fires have already occurred in Summit Valley, Catalina Island, Griffith Park and the Hollywood Hills similar to what is seen in late summer or early autumn.

Homeowner responsibility is the key to fire safety. Following the law and have 100 feet of defensible space is a major first step in making homes and property fire resistant.

BS Ranch Perspective

I have heard of Property Rights and the Rights of Ownership, however I thought that they would have done away with this burning of Brush on your own property a long time ago, being that it is so easy for the fire to get away from the people that run the fire. The property Owner is liable for the cost of the Fire if a Fire Agency responds to put out a Control Burn that gets out of Control and that can bankrupt a Land owner!!

I have seen this happen, and the Fire agency is out many thousands of dollars for the mishap, of the money that they had to put out the water, the overtime alone is very expensive for the county or city where the agency is from, if they had to call in Mutual Aid that is even worse they rely on that mutual aid check to help pay for the over time that they are paying their Fire Fighters for this fire. which in some case are the cost of a new fire engine that they are using to sleep on and has shelter while they are there to put out the fire that was a 'control' burn to begin with.

Might be something to think about when it it time to have people clear their land the old fashion way like I have to by hand and truck! haul what they can away to a land fill and burn it all in a huge hole where it cannot creep out and start burning towards homes and businesses of a city or town.

BS Ranch

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