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San Andreas, CA — Cal Fire has lifted the debris-burning ban for the Mother Lode. Starting tomorrow at 8 a.m. residents in Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties can once again burn debris without a burn permit. In addition, burning hours will not be restricted.

Cal Fire Spokesperson Lisa Williams says, “The weather system that went through was enough to make the burn conditions improve and make them more suitable for outdoor burning, so we have lifted the ban.”

Open burning will be allowed on “Permissive Burn Days” as established by the Air Pollution Control District in each county. Residents are required to find out if it is a burn day. You can do that by going to’s home page and look for the burn day box. The information is updated daily.

CalFire wants to remind residents in Calaveras County that burning on property five acres or more in size requires a permit from the Air Pollution Control District. Also, in Tuolumne County clearing two acres or more of vegetation requires a permit from the Air Pollution Control District.

Calfire Unit Chief Josh White has this reminder, “While burning will be allowed during permissive burn days with no restricted burn hours in effect, burn carefully. This current weather pattern has brought much needed rain to our region and has helped to make conditions more suitable for burning. Checking the burn day status is very important, as these extended dry weather patterns can often change burn requirements.”

Cal Fire offers these tips on debris burning:

• Remain in attendance
• Have access to water
• DO NOT burn on days forecasted to have high or gusty winds

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