San Rafael, CA – With a National Weather Service warning in place for high winds this week, Marin County Fire Department Chief Jason Weber temporarily suspended open pile burning within the county borders.
"We are suspending open burning because of the predicted high wind warning, fuel conditions, and the lack of recent precipitation," Weber said.
The directive will remain in effect for 48 hours and expire at 8 a.m. Friday, March 11.
- 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 35 mph to 55 mph are possible on the lee side (downwind or sheltered 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 and top-heavy vehicles.
- People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches.
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