The Riverside County Fire Department along with CAL FIRE has lifted the suspension of open burning for all areas in Riverside County, it was reported today.
Fire Chief John R. Hawkins stated the ban will be lifted at 8 a.m. on Monday Dec. 3.
Open burning is defined as:
- Use of campfires restricted to areas within established campfire facilities, located in established campgrounds open to the public.
- Agricultural burning in the Palo Verde Valley and Coachella Valley authorized as required for agricultural rehabilitation.
- Cooking fires with a valid permit; permissive when no alternate means of cooking is available and requires an on-site inspection prior to the issuance of a permit.
- Warming fires; permissive and require an on-site inspection prior to the issuance of a permit when weather conditions exist to justify the request.
Also, effective at 8 a.m., Monday Dec. 3, Chief Hawkins will re-open hazardous fire areas for public use in the following areas:
- Avery Canyon (Gibbel Road east of State Street in Hemet)
- North Mountain and Indian Canyon (San Jacinto area)
- Whitewater Canyon (Cabazon, north of Palm Springs)
- Nuevo/Lakeview (east of Menifee Road and San Jacinto Avenue)
- Minto (Sage)
- Reinhardt Canyon (north of Highway 74 and California Avenue in Hemet)
- Ramona Bowl and Bautista Canyon (southeast Hemet)
“The threat of wildfires in Riverside County is a year-round concern”, said CAL FIRE and Riverside County Fire Chief, John R. Hawkins. “We encourage the public to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor areas in Riverside County, while remaining vigilant that there is still dry brush out there that can easily ignite and start a fire.”
Please visit the www.readyforwildfire.org website to learn how you can prepare for wildfires.