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March 27, 2023

Calfire to lift local burn ban

Calfire’s local unit and the Hollister Fire Department have announced the burn permit suspension will be lifted Saturday in San Benito County.
The suspension is officially lifted at 8 a.m. Saturday, after which local residents can obtain burn permits.
According to an announcement from the local fire department:
Starting tomorrow December 1st at 8:00am, the burn permit suspension in San Benito County will be lifted.
If you are a county resident, outside of the Hollister City Limits and within Hollister Fire’s response area, you may pick up burn permits starting today at Fire Station 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Permits are $5 and are valid until April 30.

If you are unsure if you are within Hollister Fire’s response area or are unsure if your property qualifies for a burn permit, please contact our office at (831) 636-4325.
Keep in mind that while the burn season officially starts tomorrow, your are still required to call 1-800-225-2876 or copy and paste the following link in your web browser to verify that is a permissive burn day for our area:
You will also need to call the fire station at (831) 636-4325 if planning to burn.
See the statement release below from CAL Fire below for more information on the lifted suspension:

Effective Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 8:00 a.m., the burn permit suspension in San Benito and Monterey Counties will be lifted. CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit Chief David Fulcher is formally cancelling the burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Agriculture burns must be inspected by CAL FIRE prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season. Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture burns as well. This can be verified by contacting the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD).
CAL FIRE burn permits will be required. While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, we are still in our fifth year of drought. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns. Always use caution when burning, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.
Residents wishing to burn MUST verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning.
http://mbard.org/ or (831) 647-9411
Pile Burning Requirements
• Only dry, natural vegetative material such as tree trimmings may be burned.
• The burning of trash, painted wood or other debris is not allowed.
• Do NOT burn on windy days.
• Piles should be no larger than four feet in diameter and in height. You can add to the pile
as it burns down.
• Clear a 10 foot diameter down to bare soil around your piles. • Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
• An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.
Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, Federal, and Local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.
For more information on burning, visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.