Cal Fire lifts open burning ban, cites recent rain
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Feb 06, 2014 | 1766 views | 1 1 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection issued a statement Thursday that lifted a ban on outdoor open burning that had been in place since May 2013.

In a Cal Fire news release, recent rainfall and the forecast of more rain on the horizon has created safer, damper conditions.

The ban had affected San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Benito, Monterey and portions of San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

The release cautioned that the region still has critically low cumulative rainfall for this season, in some cases as low as 10 percent of normal. The current and forecasted precipitation does not guarantee a return to a normal water year and fuel moisture levels are not expected to increase to their normal winter levels.

To review Cal Fire's debris burn guidelines,  visit

For information on complying with air quality rules regulating open burning, visit
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February 10, 2014
Why on Earth is open burning even allowed in the Santa Cruz mountains? The smoke pollution is terrible even during the open burn ban. Compost that yardwaste or bring it to the landfill composting facility. This ain't rural Pennsylvania!

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