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Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties Burn Suspension Lifted

MARIPOSA – Effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 8:00 am the burn suspension in Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties will be lifted.

CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit Chief Mike van Loben Sels is formally cancelling the burn suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissive burn days.

Burn permits will be required. While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, we are still suffering the effects of an extended drought.

Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris burns, and follow all burning guidelines provided.

Property Owners and residents must 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 have a valid permit and verify it’s a permissive burn day prior to burning. Residents must adhere to the conditions of the permit. Burning outside the perimeters of the permit may result in a citation.

Burn permits and information can be obtained at the following:

• Madera County
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control burn day information line: 877-429-2876.
Residential Burn permits are available at your local CAL FIRE station during normal business hours.

• Merced County
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control burn day information line: 877-429-2876.
Agriculture Burn permits are available through San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control (209) 557-6400.

• Mariposa County
Mariposa County burn day information line: 209-966-1200.
Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District 209-966-2220.

Residential Burn permits are also available online by visiting https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov or by calling 209-966-3622.

Please note the 2020 online permit is only valid until December 31. Residents will need to reapply for an online 2021 burn permit.

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 on private and public lands.

For more information on burning, visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.

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