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With significant rainfall comes improved fire weather conditions, and as a result, Cal Fire has suspended its burn ban for landowners in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties so they can continue with fire fuel reduction methods.

The burn ban was originally initiated during May in response to unsafe fire conditions. As the region sees higher humidity levels, fuel moisture and more fire protection resources, fire officials deem the conditions safe enough for landowners with valid permits to cut vegetative fuels on prescribed burn days. The ban was officially lifted Tuesday.

Land managers can reach out to their local fire station to apply for burn permits. Prescribed burns must follow air quality and burn regulations, and property owners can still face consequences for out of control burns, according to Cal Fire.

More information on wildfire preparation can be found online.