Cal Fire issues burn restrictions throughout county

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[UPDATE: The ban on open flames issued Saturday in many parts of San Diego County was rescinded Sunday due to improve weather conditions, Cal Fire said.]

SAN DIEGO — Due to the continuing drought and hazardous fire conditions, Cal Fire Saturday banned open flames in many parts of San Diego County.

The no-burn proclamation affects all lands in San Diego and Imperial counties that the state has responsibility for, said Dave Nissen, deputy chief, San Diego Unit of Cal Fire.

That includes much of East County around Dulzura, Campo and Potrero. A dispatcher at the Cleveland National Forest said similar restrictions are in effect on federal lands, near Julian, Descanso and Pine Valley.

“Due to the extreme menace of destruction by fire to life, improved property or natural resources caused by critical fire weather and acute dryness of vegetation, burn permits and other uses of open fire, except within
incorporated cities, are suspended,” Nissen said.

Nissen said the campfires are now legal only in pits in established campgrounds that remain open to the public.

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