Mountain View Fire and Rescue issues burn ban

If you start a wildfire, you could be on the hook for a lot of money.

Mountain View Fire and Rescue is issuing a Natural Vegetation Burn Ban effective June 22, 2021.

Mountain View is closing burning early this year due to predicted hot weather that will increase the possibility of wildland fires. Mountain View’s customary burn ban period begins July 1 of each year and is not opened again until the end of September, but can be extended due to weather and fire conditions.

Any person responsible for a wildland fire through an act of negligence, or burning during a burn ban, may be responsible for expenses in fighting the fire together with costs of investigation and litigation, including reasonable attorney fees and damage caused by such a fire.

No outdoor burning of yard vegetation — as allowed by permit in the unincorporated areas of the district — is allowed during this burn ban. This means the burning of yard waste like leaves, branches, twigs and more are not allowed. Using burn barrels and the burning of any type of garbage is always prohibited.

At some point this summer, there will be a “Stage 2 Burn Ban,” in which any outdoor fire such as a backyard fire pit or campfire using chopped firewood or charcoal is prohibited.

Manufactured portable outdoor devices are allowed, including barbecues and patio warmers that are used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Approved fuel devices – including charcoal, natural gas or propane gas – are also allowed.

Exercise extreme caution when extinguishing cigarettes. The fire district asks residents to be diligent and respectful of their neighbors, and to remember this is a demanding time for first responders.

Citizens of the district are encouraged to practice outdoor fire safety this summer and to report any outdoor fires or smoke by calling 911.

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