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Jun 29, 2014 8:12 PM by RaeAnn Christensen, KSBY News

County wide burn ban starts Tuesday

Cal Fire said because of increased fire activity along with record-setting drought conditions they are stepping up their fight against wildfires.

Starting Tuesday they are issuing a county-wide burn ban. This is just one of the steps they are taking in hopes of preventing wildfires from breaking out.

Starting Monday orning all burning permits in the county will be suspended and there will be no open fires allowed.

They are also asking residents to do their part to be safe. They said have an emergency plan in case a fire threatens their home or family. And they are asking residents to help with prevention of fires.

They recommend residents:
-Do defensible space clearing, such as mowing your lawn before 10 am and never on a hot windy day.
-Never toss cigarettes out your car window.
-Don't pull your car off into dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires.
-Have campfires only in designated campfire sites.
-In wildland areas, spark arresters are required on all portable gasoline powered equipment such as tractors, weedeaters and ATV's.

Captain McLean said "the ban came about due to the hot dry weather and the drought that we've had for the past couple of years. The fields are really dry, we're getting extreme fire behavior."

Cal Fire asks if you see any suspicious activity to report it immediately.

They said the burn ban will be in effect until the end of fire season or until there is a significant change in weather conditions.

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