Statewide Burn Ban in Effect

Thursday, Aug 16, 2012  |  Updated 6:44 AM PDT
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Statewide Burn Ban in Effect

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The fire risk is high, so officials have restricted any residential burns in California.

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Cal Fire officials issued a statewide burn ban on Wednesday.

The burn ban suspends residential burn permits and other permitted  burning, including those for forest management, within the tens of millions of acres that the state protects from wildfire, officials said.

"With conditions being so dry, we need to take every step possible  to prevent new wildfires from starting," Cal Fire Director Chief Ken Pimlott said in a statement.

This year has been especially dry and more fires have been reported throughout the state, fire officials said.

The majority of large and damaging fires tend to occur in the fall, however big fires have broken out earlier this year, fire officials  said.

For safety tips to prevent wildfires visit readyforwildfire.org.

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