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Released by: Fire and Emergency Services Department
For Immediate Release

Annual Open Burning Suspension

Santa Rosa, CA  –  July 3, 2017  –  Effective July 1, 2017, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has issued a ban on all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves due to increased fire danger from warming temperatures and dry conditions in the region. Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services has placed the same open burning suspension in effect within unincorporated areas.

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. 

The suspension of burn permits for residential landscape debris does not apply to campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property. 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. 

In addition to preventing fire escapes, the burn suspension allows a quick fire agency response to all fires observed after July 1, 2017 as they are assumed to be uncontrolled. Burn restrictions will remain in effect until CAL FIRE declares the end of fire season. 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.

Here are some tips to help prepare homes and property:

For more information visit: Sonoma County Fire at or CAL FIRE at . For additional information on how to create Defensible Space, as well as tips to prevent wildfires, visit .


Contact Information

Jim Colangelo
Interim Department Director
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Contact us by Phone
2300 County Center Drive
Suite 220 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.46229, -122.725377