Outdoor burning banned in Santa Clara County due to extreme fire conditions

Due to extreme fire conditions, all outdoor burning has been banned in state-controlled areas in Santa Clara County as of Wednesday.

“These restrictions will also effect the use of campfires, stoves, and smoking materials in the State Responsibility Areas and will remain in effect until cancelled,” according to Cal Fire.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has also implemented the ban in Alameda, Contra Costa and western portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be permitted during the ban. However, lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel and propane or gas fire pits will be permitted.

“Visitors to campgrounds must clear all flammable material for ten feet in all directions from their camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove always during use,” according to Cal Fire. “Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or a designated Camp fire Use Site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.”

For more information on preparing for wildfires and defensible space visit www.readyforwildfire.org and www.preventwildfireca.org.

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