The onset of wet weather Monday prompted Riverside County Fire Department Chief Bill Weiser to lift restrictions on residential waste and agricultural burns in authorized locations.
Holders of valid permits can resume burns on calm days, under controlled conditions, Weiser said, adding that “permissive burn days” are identified by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
More information can be found at www.aqmd.gov/home/programs/community/community-detail?title=check-before-you-burn.
“Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and … winter weather have helped to begin to diminish the threat of wildfire,” according to a fire department statement.
“Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times.”
Residential property owners can only burn tumbleweeds, and piles should be no more than 3 feet high and 2 feet wide, officials said. Inspections may be necessary prior to an ignition.
Agricultural burns involve other vegetation and are intended to preserve cultivation space.
“State, federal and local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health and resiliency on private and public lands,” according to the fire department.
Information on how to obtain permits and provisions for burns can be found at www.fire.ca.gov.
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