Burn ban lifted beginning Monday in San Diego and Imperial counties

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EL CAJON, Calif. – The burn permit suspension in San Diego and Imperial counties will be lifted beginning December 5, according to CAL FIRE.

Those who possess current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days.

Agriculture burns must be inspected by Cal Fire prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season.

Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture burns as well. This can be verified by contacting your local Air Quality Management District.

“While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, we are still in our fifth year of drought. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns,” fire officials said.

Always use caution when burning, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times.

Pile Burning Requirements:

  • Only dry, natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned.
  • The burning of trash, painted wood or other debris is not allowed.
  • Do NOT burn on windy days.
  • Piles should be no larger than four feet in diameter and in height. You can add to pile as it burns down.
  • Clear a 10 foot diameter down to bare soil around your piles.
  • Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
  • An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.

To verify permissive burn days, call your local Cal Fire fire station or AQMD at 858-586-2600.

For more information on burning, visit the Cal Fire website at www.fire.ca.gov.