Deadline kicks in for burn permits

Beginning Saturday, burn permits are required in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties and eastern Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Burn permits set to expire in April will have the expiration date extended to June 1. Because of recent rain and more storms predicted, Cal Fire will not begin to staff all its fire stations until May 24.

Before starting a debris fire, check burn day status by calling the local air pollution control district with jurisdiction over your area: San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, 877-429-2876; Tuolumne County, 533-5598; Calaveras County, 754-6600.