Santa Rosa, CA – November 18, 2015 – Sonoma County Fire and Emergency
Services Chief Al Terrell advises that those possessing current and valid
agriculture and residential burn permits in Local Response Area’s (LRA) can now
resume burning. Burning may only be conducted on permissible burn days, which
are updated regularly on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s
Please remember that Agriculture burns must
be inspected by CAL FIRE or the local Fire Jurisdiction in the LRA prior to burning.
Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture burns as
well. This can be verified by contacting
your local Air Quality Management District.
permits will be required until the end of peak fire season. While cooler
temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, we are still in
our fourth year of drought. Property owners and residents are asked to use
caution when burning, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of
the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable
for allowing a fire to escape their control or burn onto neighboring property.
Pile Burning Requirements
Only dry, natural vegetative
material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned.
- The burning of trash, painted
wood or other debris is not allowed.
- Do NOT burn on windy days.
- Piles should be no larger than
four feet in diameter and in height. You can add to pile as it burns down.
- Clear a 10 foot diameter down to
bare soil around your piles.
- Have a shovel and a water source
- An adult is required to be in
attendance of the fire at all times.
residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in
reducing fire hazards. State, Federal and Local land management and fire
agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct
prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.
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For more information on
burning, visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov. Or Sonoma County Fire