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.
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.
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
additional information on how to create Defensible Space, as well as tips to
prevent wildfires, visit