||County Fire Chief Implements Proclamation Suspending Permit Burning
Effective at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2008, Riverside County Fire Chief John R. Hawkins has implemented a Proclamation suspending burning permits in Local and State responsibility areas in Riverside County. The Proclamation reads:
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
THE RESOURCES AGENCY
DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION
PROCLAMATION SUSPENDING BURNING PERMITS
AND OTHER USES OF OPEN FIRE
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; and/or fire suppression forces being heavily committed to control fires; and, under authority vested in me by the Director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as per section 4423.1 of the Public Resources Code, I hereby suspend, except within incorporated cities, the privileges of burning by permit and other uses of open fire in the geographic area described as:
ALL STATE AND LOCAL RESPONSIBILITY AREA LANDS
WITHIN THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE.
In addition to suspension of open burning, the following restrictions also are hereby applied in the area cited above:
1. Use of campfires is restricted to within established campfire facilities located in established campgrounds open to the public.
2. Agricultural burning in the Palo Verde Valley is authorized as required for agricultural rehabilitation. Agricultural burning in the Coachella Valley is suspended until further notice.
3. Cooking fires with a valid permit are permissive when no alternate means of cooking is available and requires an on-site inspection prior to the issuance of a permit.
4. Warming fires are permissive and require an on-site inspection prior to the issuance of a permit when weather conditions exist to justify the request.
In accordance with section 4423.2 of the Public Resources Code, state rangers or other authorized agents of the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection may issue restricted temporary burning permits whenever it can be shown that burning or use of open fire is essential for reasons of public health, safety, or welfare.
This order shall become effective at 12:00 p.m. on June 22, 2008 and remain in effect until I formally terminate this Proclamation.
John R. Hawkins