The suspension of open burning and the closure of several hazardous fire areas has been revoked due to the wet fall and expectation of a wetter winter.
Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Chief John Hawkins announced that these changes to previous proclamations were effective at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7.
“Due to the increased relative humidity, higher fuel moisture and a general improvement in predicted fire weather conditions, and the increased availability of fire-protection resources, my proclamation suspending burning under permit and other uses of open fire … is being terminated …” he said in a press release.
Burning with a permit and open fires are not permitted on any state responsibility area lands within the county.
Also, Hawkins reopened seven hazardous fire areas throughout the region. The following areas that are reopened were previously closed due to extreme fire danger:
• Avery Canyon (Gibbel Road east of State Street in Hemet)
• North Mountain and Indian Canyon (San Jacinto area)
• Whitewater Canyon (Cabazon, north of Palm Springs)
• Nuevo/Lakeview (east of Menifee Road and San Jacinto Avenue)
• Minto (Sage)
• Reinhardt Canyon (north of Highway 74 and California Avenue in Hemet)
• Ramona Bowl and Bautista Canyon (southeast Hemet)
The long-term drought and weather conditions will affect these decisions in the future.