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8/30/21 - PRESS RELEASE: CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits in San Benito, Monterey Counties

Monterey, CA – With the lack of meaningful precipitation across much of the central coast, CAL FIRE will suspend all burn permits within the State Responsibility Area and Local Responsibility Areas under contract with CAL FIRE, in San Benito and Monterey Counties. This suspension takes effect September 1st 2021 at 8:00 a.m. and suspends all permits for outdoor burning.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 88% of California is an extreme or exceptional drought. Current  drought conditions have resulted in exceptionally low moisture content in both live and dead vegetation. When vegetative moisture is low, the likelihood of a fire igniting, and spreading is significantly increased.

“2021 has already seen over 1.6 million acres burn in California. The excessive drought, predicted weather and current wildfire situation across the State reminds us that the public cannot let their guard down,” said Reno DiTullio Jr, CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit Chief. “One ember can bring wildfire home. We ask all Californians to help us help you by preventing new starts, creating and maintaining a defensible space, and being ready if wildfire strikes near you. We’re ready for wildfire; are you?”

CAL FIRE asks residents to be prepared for wildfires including maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of  Defensible Space around every home. Here are some tips to help prepare your home and property: 

• Clear all dead or dying vegetation 100 feet around all structures.
• Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants
• Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping or hauling it to a biomass energy  facility

Residential landscape debris, agriculture, land management, and other industrial-type burning are no  longer permitted until the suspension is lifted.

For additional information on preparing for and preventing wildfires visit


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