Butte County – At long last, fire season in Butte County has drawn to a close.
According to a Cal-Fire press release on Thursday, rain and cooler temperatures have helped reduce wildfire hazards. Cal Fire-butte County is transitioning to winter preparedness starting Monday, December 6 at 8 a.m. The transition helps Cal Fire-butte County Chief John Messina to formally lift the Cal Fire permit requirement for dooryard burnings. A dooryard is a residential yard or garden near a door. Agricultural burning within responsible areas of the state must continue to be investigated by Cal Fire-Bute County prior to burning.
“We were pleased to have another long fire season behind us,” Messina said in the press release. “These winter months are the ideal time to burn landscape debris as part of your defensible space strategy.”
According to readyforwildfire.org, a defensive space is a buffer created between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or wooded land around it. This space is needed to prevent or slow the spread of wildfires and helps protect your home from fire, either from embers, direct flame contact, or high heat. Proper defensive space also provides a safe area for firefighters to work to protect your home.
According to the release, during the very active 2021 fire season, 3 million acres were burned by more than 8,300 wildfires in California. Now that the weather has cooled, Cal Fire-Butte County will continue to focus its efforts on fire prevention through public access and education, scheduled burning and a variety of fuel reduction projects, according to the release.
According to the release, Cal Fire-Butte County will continue to retain staff to deal with potential hazards, as well as maintain the ability to move resources to areas with high hazard levels. Cal Fire-Butte County also says it will continue to monitor weather conditions closely and if weather conditions change, or there is a need to support wildfires or other emergencies elsewhere in California. If so, the number of employees may increase.
Cal Fire-Butte County said in the release to check that it is a permissible burn before starting the fire. Check Burn Day status by contacting the Butte County Air Quality Management District at bqqmd.org or calling 332-9407. Burn Day status will be updated daily at 8:30 AM. When burning, make sure landscape rubble piles are no larger than four feet in diameter, provide 10 feet of drainage beneath the bare mineral soil around the burn pile, and make sure a responsible adult is on hand with a water source at all times. And a shovel. For more information about residential burning and how to burn safely, visit burnpermit.fire.ca.gov.