Residential outdoor burning banned for duration of wildfire season

RIVERSIDE  - Outdoor burning on residential properties in unincorporated areas of Riverside County will not be permitted, starting today, with a few exceptions. County fire Chief Bill Weiser announced the suspension Friday, saying the ban is necessary amid escalating wildfire dangers countywide. "As we enter the summer season, temperatures will increase and the abundant vegetation, as a result of winter rains, will dry out,'' Weiser said. "We urge residents to prepare their homes, clear overgrown parcels and comply with this (burn) restriction until it is determined that it is safe to resume open burning.'' The order, which will likely remain in effect until November, does not apply to agricultural operations, particularly in the Coachella and Palo Verde valleys, land manageme
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