Starting Monday Cal-Fire is downstaffing their stations for the wet season. The Cal-Fire Shasta-Trinity Unit has responded to 502 wildfires this year, which burned a total of 1118 acres. Redding Fire Department has already reduced their standard response level for fire calls, but caution is still encouraged. The leading cause of outdoor fires this time of year is escaped burn piles, while indoors it’s heating sources and overloaded circuits.
It’s that time of year again to burn the piles of leaves and weeds that have accumulated in the backyard. Of course, people are encouraged to stuff their greenwaste cans or haul it somewhere like the Redding Transfer Station. Wherever burning is done there are rules, including a 10 foot clearance scraped down to the dirt and a responsible adult present with a water source and a shovel. To check if it’s a burn day in Shasta County the number is 224-8777. Pile burning season in Redding runs through November and requires a 9 Dollar permit that can be acquired at city hall or on the city’s webpage. Permit requirements vary in the Cal-Fire protection area and people should check the rules for their area.