LindsayArthurRTR wrote:Even in the fall?!
Fire season in California these days can run from May through November, or whenever the winter rain *finally* decides to begin. There were wildfires in SoCal this year in May and June; there have been bad grassfires around here the past couple of weeks (the Curry Fire on Mt. Diablo). The late spring rains led to heavy growth of underbrush and grasses, which fuel these fires.
Now, after three months of no rain (low temps but also no rain and low humidity), everything is tinder-dry. The Montecito Fire last year near Santa Barbara was caused by some yo-yo MOWING TALL WEEDS WITH A POWER MOWER.
Which, of course, throws SPARKS. Which, of course, can **DUH** start fires.
This is one reason goats are so popular for underbrush abatement. Hand tools are also heavily recommended.
So, yes, "even in the fall," summer, winter, spring; whenever it's dry.
The authorities, at least in the S.F. Bay Area, will issue a burn permit upon request WHEN and IF they feel you 1) have justifiable need for one, 2) have taken ample precautions against the fire getting out of control (and they *will* drive up and take a look at your precautions), and 3) weather conditions are favorable. They reserve the right to cancel the permit even 5 minutes before the scheduled burn should the weather change--wind direction, speed, etc.
Look up the Oakland Firestorm of October 20-21, 1991.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9