June's Wet Start Doesn't Hold Off Fire Season

Monday, Jun 1, 2009  |  Updated 7:30 AM PDT
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Despite rain in the forecast, the Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit has announced that fire season will begin Monday in Santa Clara, Contra Costa and Alameda counties and that all  open burning permits will be suspended in areas under the agency's control.

The start of fire season varies throughout the state and is based on local weather conditions, vegetation and increased fire activity,  according to Cal Fire.

Responding to increasingly warm and dry local conditions, unit chiefs hire seasonal firefighters, increase dispatch levels and operate fire  response facilities at all times.

Agriculture, land management, fire training and other industrial-type burning may continue if a Cal Fire official inspects the burn  site and issues a permit.

Cal Fire officials are reminding homeowners to follow basic fire safety measures as the season progresses, such as creating defensible space  around all structures and preparing an evacuation plan for family members and  pets.

More information regarding fire safety precautions is available online at www.fire.ca.gov.
 

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