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Released by: Fire and Emergency Services Department
For Immediate Release

Burn Permit Suspension Lifted

Santa Rosa, CA  –  November 26, 2018  –  Effective at 8:00 a.m. Monday, November 26, 2018, the burn permit suspension within State Responsibility Area (SRA) and Local Responsibility Areas (LRA) was lifted. Sonoma County Fire & Emergency Services Assistant Chief James Williams is formally cancelling the burn permit suspension in alignment with CAL FIRE and advises those possessing current and valid agricultural and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Any burns larger than 4 foot by 4 foot piles must be inspected by CAL FIRE or the local Fire Jurisdiction in Local Response Area (LRA) prior to burning until the end of the declared fire season. Inspections may be required for burns other than agricultural burns as well. This can be verified by contacting your local Air Quality Management District.

Contact your local CAL FIRE or Local Fire Jurisdiction station to obtain a burn permit. Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and winter weather have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agricultural burns, 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 and/or burn onto neighboring properties.

Residents wishing to burn MUST verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning by contacting their local air pollution control district.

Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District: 707-565-2876

Lake County Air Quality Management District: 707-263-3121

Bay Area Air Quality Management District: 415-749-4900

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 the pile as it burns down.
  • Clear a 10 foot diameter down to bare soil around your piles.
  • Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
  • An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.

Safe 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.

For more information on burning, visit the CAL FIRE website at


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