Due to lack of rain and unseasonably warm weather, fire season has come early this year.
Officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit are urging residents to use caution when burning debris.
Although spring doesn't arrive until later this week, the lack of moisture and the rise in temperatures in recent days have quickly dried vegetation in many parts of Northern California, according to a Cal Fire news release.
Cal Fire officials say they responded to a large number of fires last week that were caused by escaped debris burns.
Although burn permits are not required this time of year, fire officials advise residents to follow the same guidelines to reduce the risk of a fire escaping their control:
Maintain a maximum pile size of 4 feet diameter.
Keep the area within 10 feet of the outer edge of the pile clear of all flammable material and vegetation.
Maintain a water supply at the burn site.
For more information on fire safety, go to www.fire.ca.gov.
Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.