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Released by: Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services
For Immediate Release

Open Burning Banned 

Santa Rosa, CA  –  July 15, 2016  –  The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has issued a ban on open burning, effective June 27, 2016, in response to the high fire hazard conditions that create extreme fire danger and poor air quality. Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services (FES) has placed the same open burning suspension in effect within unincorporated Sonoma County.

The burn suspension includes all open burning, though exceptions are available for agricultural, forest management, fire training, and other industrial type burning if a CAL FIRE official has inspected the area and issued a permit. Persons burning under special permit must check with their regional air quality management district for additional regulations and requirements. 

All outdoor burning except for campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property with landowner permission is banned until further notice. Campfires are allowed in Sonoma County Regional Parks within designated areas. Campfires on State or Federal land require a permit that can be obtained through CAL FIRE

Experience has shown that suspending open burning is an effective way of preventing fire escapes and allows a quick fire agency response, especially as California continues to experience hotter and drier weather.  Although all fires cannot be prevented through a burn suspension, their numbers can be significantly reduced. Along with CAL FIRE, Sonoma County FES reminds everyone that it is each individual’s responsibility to help prevent fires that destroy lives, property, and our wildland.

Here are some tips to help prepare homes and property: 

  • Clear all dead and or dying vegetation 100 feet from around all structures. 
  • Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants 
  • Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping or hauling it to a biomass energy facility 

Anyone responsible for open burning without a valid written exemption from the burn suspension may be subject to a citation, fines, and the cost of the fire agency response to extinguish the fire. Sonoma County FES will coordinate with CAL FIRE on lifting the burn suspension when conditions are safe to do so.

For more information visit: CAL FIRE at or Sonoma County Fire at


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Jim Colangelo
Interim Department Director
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Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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