San Rafael, CA – With a National Weather Service warning in place for high winds coming this week, Marin County Fire Department Chief Jason Weber has temporarily suspended open burning within the county borders. Residents are asked to refrain from pile burning until after the anticipated wind event.
Open burning of debris piles is suspended in Marin County during the coming wind event.
"We are suspending open burning because of the predicted high wind warning, fuel conditions, and the lack of recent precipitation," Weber said. “This directive will remain in effect until the National Weather Service suspends the warning, which we anticipate will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, February 3."
During the wind event:
- Open burning, including agricultural burning and controlled burning for fire fuels reduction, is suspended. Residents are asked to discontinue plans for any outdoor burning in fire pits or wood-burning stoves during the wind event.
- Peak wind gusts of 65 mph to 95 mph are possible on the lee side of higher ridges and peaks, especially near traditionally windy locations.
- Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.
- People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches.
Learn more about fire safety at Fire Safe Marin website and at www.marincountyfire.org.