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Mariposa County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday June 24th, 2015 :: 01:17 p.m. PDT


CAL FIRE issues proclamation to suspend all burn permits, open fire, campfires and outdoor smoking in Mariposa County

June 24, 2015


The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone of the Proclamation issued by CAL FIRE regarding suspended burning permits and other uses of open fire, campfires and outdoor smoking. On June 11, 2015, per section 4423.1 of the Public Resources Code, Nancy Koerperich, Unit Chief of the Madera-Mariposa-Merced CAL FIRE unit issued the following:


Due to the extreme menace of destruction by fire to life, improved property, or natural resources caused by critical fire weather and acute dryness of vegetation; and/or  fire suppression forces being heavily committed to control fires; and, under authority vested in me by the Director  of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection  as per section 4423.1 of the Public Resources Code, I hereby suspend, except within the incorporated cities, the privileges of burning  by permit  and other uses of open fire, including; The use of campfire, except within facilities constructed  for that purpose within the confines of a campground established, maintained, and open for public use, whether publicly or privately  owned; Outdoor smoking, except within motor  vehicles while operating or parked on established roads, rest stops, or parking areas cleared of flammable  vegetation, within  established campgrounds open to the public, or within an area that is at least three feet or approximately one meter in diameter which has been cleared to mineral soil by removal of all flammable  vegetation and duff,  in the geographic area described as:




In accordance with section 4423.2 of the Public Resources Code, state rangers or other authorized  agents of the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection may issue restricted temporary burning permits  whenever it can be shown that burning or use of open fire is essential for reasons of public health, safety, or welfare.


This order shall become effective at 0800AM on June 15, 2015 and remain in effect until I formally terminate this proclamation.


Effective immediately The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office along with CAL FIRE will begin to enforce this proclamation to ensure the safety of all residence and visitors of our County. Some recent examples of this would include but not limited to: Warming Fires, Merced River area fires in un-designated camping areas and smoking in public parks.


If you see or know of any violations as described above please contact the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office at 209-966-3615 or the CAL FIRE MMU 209-966-3622.

Mariposa County Sheriff's Office
5099 Old Hwy N
Mariposa, CA 95338

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Non-emergencies: 209-966-3615

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