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Cal Fire to suspend burn permits, open fires in SLO County

A Cal Fire truck heads off from a staging area in Santa Margarita as crews battled the Cuesta Fire in August 2015.
A Cal Fire truck heads off from a staging area in Santa Margarita as crews battled the Cuesta Fire in August 2015. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

San Luis Obispo County Cal Fire officials said that beginning Friday they will suspend all burning permits and open fires in most of the county because of extreme fire hazard.

Fires will still be allowed within organized campgrounds or on private property, as long as they are “in a designated campfire site that prevents fire from spreading,” according to a news release. The suspension will remain until the region gets enough rain to reduce the fire risk.

Cal Fire officials urge residents to consider the following tips during wildfire season:

▪  Mow lawns and defensible spaces before 10 a.m. and avoid such activities on hot and windy days.

▪  Don’t throw cigarettes out vehicle windows.

▪  Don’t pull your vehicle off the road into dry grass or brush.

▪  Use spark arresters on all portable, gasoline-powered equipment in wildland areas. This includes tractors, chainsaws, brush cutters, mowers, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.

▪  Report any suspicious activity by calling the Cal Fire arson hotline at 1-800-468-4408.

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27

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