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Released by: Fire and Emergency Services Department
For Immediate Release

Open Burning Suspension

Santa Rosa, CA  –  October 26, 2015  –  Permits for open burning within State Responsibility Area and Local Responsibility Areas under contract with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) remain suspended. The suspension of burn permits was implemented on June 29, 2015, in response to the high fire hazard conditions that create extreme fire danger and poor air quality.

Consistent with Sonoma County Code Section 13-71(d), Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services (FES) has placed the same open burning suspension in effect within unincorporated Sonoma County and will coordinate with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection on lifting the burn suspension when conditions are safe. The burn suspension applies to all unincorporated areas within Sonoma County.

The burn suspension includes all open burning, though agricultural, forest management, fire training, and other industrial type burning may proceed if a CAL FIRE official has inspected the area and issued a permit.

Campfires are allowed in designated campgrounds or in established facilities on private property, with permission of the jurisdictional authority.  Persons burning under special permit must check with their regional air quality management district for additional regulations and requirements.

Experience has shown that suspending open burning is an effective way of preventing fire escapes, 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.

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.

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


Contact Information

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8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2300 County Center Drive
Suite 220 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.46229, -122.725377