Butte County- CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department Unit Chief David Hawks has announced the official beginning of the 2019 fire season, effective Monday, May 20th at 8:00 am.
A historically wet winter led to prolific grass and brush growth in the North State. These grasses, along with another year’s growth of forest fuels, are becoming more flammable every day as the weather turns hot and dry.
The declaration of fire season allows CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department to increase staffing levels at strategically located fire stations throughout the county. We are ready for fire season. Are you? If you haven’t already, we encourage residents to let this declaration serve as a reminder to create defensible space around your home.
“Nobody wants a repeat of the devastating fire activity we saw last year throughout California and especially right here in Butte County,” Chief Hawks says. “When you provide the defense around your home, it allows us to go on offense and minimize the damage.”
CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department also reminds residents that burn permits have been required since May 1st. Permits and guidelines are available at your local CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire station.