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Fresno & Kings County Burn Permit Suspension Lifted

Effective Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at 08:00 am the SRA land hazard reduction burn permit suspension in Fresno and Kings Counties, will be lifted.

FRESNO COUNTY — CAL FIRE Fresno-Kings Unit Chief Dustin Hail is formally canceling the hazard reduction burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid hazard reduction burn permits can now resume burning only on permissible burn days above 3000 ft elevation.

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Fresno Kings Unit Fire Chief Dustin Hail

As the weather changes, the elevation requirements will change. In western Fresno County & Kings County, unincorporated areas west of I5 are SRA (State Responsibility Area) land. In eastern Fresno County, unincorporated areas east of the Friant-Kern Canal are SRA land.

Cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and the chance of winter weather have helped to begin to diminish the threat of wildfire.

Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting hazard reduction burns, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.

Residents wishing to burn MUST verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning.

Contact your nearest CAL FIRE station and/or local fire department to acquire the proper permit.

Residents with current Hazard Reduction Burn Permits can confirm the burn day status by calling 1-877- HAZ-BURN (1-877-429-2876) or reference the Valley Air Website for burning regulations and burn day status.

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 the 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 at the fire at all times.

Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, Federal and Local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health and resiliency on private and public lands. For more information on burning, visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.

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