Santa Clara County Burning Permits Suspended | Morgan hill times
As of May 17, CalFire suspended all burning permits for the region that includes Santa Clara County as California enters drought conditions and what could be another devastating wildfire season, according to the reports. authorities.
“While wildfires are a natural part of the California landscape, the fire season in California and the West begins earlier and ends later each year,” says a press release from the CalFire Santa Clara unit. “Climate change is considered to be one of the main drivers of this trend. Warmer spring and summer temperatures, reduced snowpack, and earlier snowmelt in the spring create longer and more intense dry seasons that increase water stress on vegetation and make forests more vulnerable to severe forest fires.
The burning permit suspension is effective in the CalFire State Area of Responsibility of Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa Counties and the western parts of Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. The suspension takes effect May 17 and prohibits any residential exterior burning of landscape debris, such as branches and leaves.
“Last year California had its most destructive fire season in the state’s known history,” said Chief Thom Porter, director of CalFire. “Together we must continue to adapt and evolve to be able to withstand the intensity of these fires, bearing in mind that the only way to minimize the damage they cause is through efforts to education, prevention and mitigation. We rely on the public to be ready. “
Santa Clara Unit Leader Jake Hess reminded everyone, “All residents need to be ‘ready’ by creating or maintaining 100 feet of defensible space around their home by removing all weeds and dead or dying brush. “
As of Jan. 1, CalFire and firefighters across the state have already responded to more than 1,812 wildfires, the press release said.
The press release offered a list of tips for homeowners and landowners:
– Clear all dead and / or dying vegetation 100 feet around all structures.
– Landscape with fire-resistant plants and non-flammable ground cover.
– Find alternative ways to remove debris from the landscape, such as shredding or transporting to a facility for energy production from biomass or green waste.
Agriculture, land management, fire training, and other industrial-type fires can take place if a CalFire official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit.
The suspension of burning permits for residential landscape debris does not apply to campfires in organized campgrounds or on private property. Campfires may be permitted if the campfire is maintained in such a way as to prevent its spread in the forest. A campfire permit can be obtained at local fire stations or online at PreventWildfireCA.org.
For more information on creating a defensible space, hardening the home, evacuation planning and how to prepare for wildfires, as well as tips for preventing wildfires, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.