Press release from the Arcata Fire Protection District:

The Arcata Fire District announces all burn permits within the Fire District boundaries are immediately SUSPENDED. The suspension is in support of the CAL FIRE suspension that became effective on June 22. The burn ban will continue until formally cancelled by CAL FIRE.

All RESIDENTIAL/DOORYARD BURN PERMITS, FOREST MANAGEMENT, HAZARD ABATEMENT, AND OTHER INDUSTRIAL - TYPE PERMITTED BURNING within the District will be suspended until further notice.

So far this year, CAL FIRE has responded to over 2,257 wildfires across the state. This is well above the year-to-date average of 1,394 wildfires. Unfortunately, the seasonal outlook does not offer much better news, as it calls for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation over the next several months. This means the potential for large fires is greater than usual.

With this in mind, the Arcata Fire District encourages residents to remove fire hazards around their home. Though it may not be possible to keep a green lawn this year due to water conservation efforts, keeping the lawn short and clearing fuels from around your home will help slow the spread of fire.