RIVERSIDE – A ban on open burning officially ends today, while locations closed to non-residents during fire season will once again be accessible.
Riverside County fire Chief John Hawkins last week decided to implement the changes with the onset of cooler, wetter weather.
Open burning privileges will be restored in unincorporated county areas, though permits will be still be required, according to the fire department.
In mid-August, with mounting concerns about hot and dry conditions, Hawkins prohibited outdoor burning with the exception of campfires in designated places and vegetation eradication for some agricultural operations.
Fire department officials said open burning permits will still need to be obtained from local fire stations.
Also effective today, there are no more prohibitions on recreational activity in the following seven locations :
— Avery Canyon, along Gibbel Road, east of State Street in southeast Hemet;
— Indian Canyon and North Mountain in San Jacinto;
— Minto Way in Sage, north of Aguanga;
— Nuevo, east of Menifee Road and San Jacinto Avenue;
— Ramona Bowl and Bautista Canyon in southeast Hemet;
— Reinhardt Canyon, north of state Route 74 and California Avenue in Hemet; and
— Whitewater Canyon in Cabazon.
Hawkins ordered the sites closed, except to residents, on May 15 for the duration of fire season, which generally spans May-November.