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Fire activity prompts burn ban
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California's increased fire activity, coupled with the current weather forecast for continued heightened fire danger, prompted CAL FIRE on Wednesday to suspend all burning permits and open fire within the State Responsibility Area of California. The burn ban suspends all residential burn permits, forest management, hazard abatement, and other industrial-type permitted burning within the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area. Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property are allowed if they are in a designated campfire site that prevents fire from spreading outside the site.
Over 9,000 CAL FIRE, local and federal firefighters are on the frontlines of a dozen large wildfires burning across the state. Firefighters are making good progress, despite continued dry conditions.
Fires of interest include:
• Wye Fire, Lake and Colusa counties
7,934 acres, with 80 contained; all evacuations have been lifted
• Buck Fire, Riverside County
2,681 acres, with 60 percent contained; all evacuations have been lifted
• Vallecito Lightning Complex, San Diego County
15,525 acres, with 60 percent contained; six total fires, four of which are contained; evacuation orders in effect
• Mill Fire, Butte County
1,025 acres, with 15 percent contained
• Chips Fire, Plumas County
42,964 acres, with 20 percent contained
• Reading Fire, Shasta County
25,242 acres, with 25 percent contained
• Jawbone Complex, Kern County
12,462 acres, with 70 percent contained
• Fort Complex, Siskiyou County
3,790 acres, with 23 percent contained
• Ramsey Fire, Calaveras County
1,150 acres, with 30 percent contained
• Rush Fire, Lassen County
140,949 acres, with 25 percent contained
• Quail Fire, San Bernardino County
275 acres, with 90 percent contained