Cal Fire urges caution when camping, barbecuing


With more people camping and barbecuing this Labor Day weekend, officials at Cal Fire are urging people to stay safe and prevent new fires from starting in the state.

Wildfires continue to burn throughout California. So far, 875,000 acres have burned since the first of the year, and much of the state remains at high risk for destructive fires as autumn approaches.

Fire officials are encouraging extreme caution when camping and barbecuing. Be sure to:

• Check local fire restrictions.

• Obtain a campfire permit at

• Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within 10 feet of any campfire.

• Make sure all campfires are extinguished before leaving the site.

• Never leave a hot barbecue grill unattended.

Officials are also reminding residents of the burn ban issued Aug. 8 by the Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit, which prohibits all burning in state responsibility areas in Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, and in the western portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. SRAs are designated areas where the state is responsible for wildland fire protection.

— Bay City News Service

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