Los Angeles County Fire Department Terminates County-Wide Burn Suspension
LOS ANGELES—Dec. 11, 2015—The Los Angeles County Fire Department will once again issue burn permits and allow open fires across Los Angeles County beginning Friday, Dec. 11.
The Fire Department had ceased issuing burn permits and allowing open fires as of July 1 due to increased fire activity and record-setting drought conditions. The burn suspension is being terminated because of increased relative humidity, higher fuel moisture, a general improvement in predicted fire weather conditions and the increased availability of fire protection resources.
Despite more favorable conditions, the Fire Department continues to urge all residents to do their part to be fire safe and to make sure they have prepared an emergency plan in case a fire threatens their home or family.
Nearly 95 percent of all wildland fires within the Fire Department’s jurisdiction are human-caused. Here are some tips all citizens can follow to prevent fires:
- Complete defensible space clearing, such as mowing, before 10 a.m.—and never on a hot and windy day.
- Don’t toss cigarettes out the car window.
- Don’t pull your vehicle off the road into dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires that can’t easily be seen by the driver.
- In wildland areas, spark arresters are required on all portable gasoline-powered equipment. This includes tractors, chainsaws, weed-whackers, mowers, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.
- Report any suspicious activity.
- Check with local officials for any fire restrictions.
For more fire safety tips, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org or the Fire Department website at www.fire.lacounty.gov.
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