News release issued by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. In an ongoing effort to prevent wildfires, all burn permits in Los Angeles County remain suspended. As of July 1st, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (Fire Department) ceased issuing burn permits and allowing open fires due to increased fire activity throughout southern California. This burn suspension will remain in effect until further notice. During this critical time, the Fire Department urges all residents to do their part to be safe by having an emergency plan in place in case a fire threatens their home or family. Nearly 95 percent of all wildland fires within the Fire Department’s jurisdiction are human-caused. Here are some tips residents can follow to prevent fires: • Defensible space clearing, such as mowing before 10 a.m. and never on a hot and windy day. • Do not toss cigarettes out your car window. • Do not pull your vehicle off the road into dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can ignite fires that cannot be seen easily by the driver. • In wildland areas, spark arresters are required on all portable gasoline-powered equipment (e.g., tractors, chainsaws, weed-whackers, mowers, motorcycles, and all-terrain vehicles). • Report any suspicious activity. • Check with local officials for additional fire restrictions. • Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property are allowed as long as they are in a designated campfire site that prevents fire from spreading. In accordance with Section 4423.2 of the Public Resources Code, the Fire Department may issue restricted temporary burn permits if there is an essential reason due to public health and safety. Agriculture, land management, fire training and other industrial type burning may proceed if a Fire Department official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit. For additional fire safety tips, please visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org or the Fire Department website at www.fire.lacounty.gov.