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Posted on: December 4, 2020

Tips & Tricks for Safe Pile Burning to Reduce Fire Risk

Safe Burn Pile

Mid-November, CAL FIRE NEU Unit Chief Estes lifted the burn suspension in Nevada, Yuba, and Placer Counties. Nevada County residents are now able to burn dry green waste on permissible burn days.

Pile burning is a necessary and efficient tool which helps residents develop defensible space and implement good land stewardship practices. However, in a little over two week’s time, November 16- December 3, there have been 7 vegetation fires in Nevada County which required fire department action because of an out of control burn pile.

As residents wisely use these cooler, wetter months to make their properties more resilient to wildfire, we have a few tips and tricks to share to keep everyone safe:

Manage Your Burn Safely

Check with the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management Districtto see if it is a burn day. Western Nevada County: (530) 274-7928 and Eastern Nevada County: (530) 582-1027.

The National Weather Service Sacramento is forecasting gusty winds to increase Sunday into Monday as a dry system moves to the east. With low daytime relative humidities and dry fuels, these gusty winds could create elevated fire weather concerns for portions of the Sacramento Valley, mountains, and foothills. Confidence is low at this time in the strength and location of the gusty winds, so keep an eye out for forecast updates.

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