Santa Rosa, CA – June 21, 2018 – The
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has announced
the burn ban suspension, beginning 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2018, and bans
all outdoor burning except for campfires within organized campgrounds or on
private property with landowner permission. Campfires may be permitted if the
campfire is maintained in such a manner as to prevent its spread to the
wildland. A campfire permit can be obtained at local CAL FIRE fire stations.
The suspension of burn permits is implemented in response to the extremely high
fire hazard conditions.
conditions across California and Sonoma County are drying out, we must take
every step to prevent wildfires from igniting,” said James Williams, Sonoma
County Fire Marshal. “Residents must ensure they have Defensible Space by
removing dead trees and overgrown vegetation from around their homes. However,
it is important to consider the weather before using tools. Do your vegetation
management when conditions are moist and cool, early in the morning or after
the heat of the day,” Williams continued.
with Sonoma County Code Section 13-71(d), Sonoma County Fire and Emergency
Services has placed the same open burning suspension in effect within
unincorporated Sonoma County and will coordinate with the 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
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.
are allowed in designated campgrounds, or in established facilities on private
property, with permission of the jurisdictional authority. Persons burning
under special permit must also check with their regional air quality management
district for additional regulations and requirements.
burn suspension helps allows a quick fire agency response to all fires observed
after June 18, 2018, as they are assumed to be uncontrolled fires.
has shown that suspending open burning is an effective way of preventing fire
escapes, especially as California and Sonoma County enters the summer season of
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 Fire reminds everyone that it is each individual’s responsibility
to help prevent fires that destroy lives, property and our wildlands.
burn suspension also helps prevent smoke impacts to the general public and
large planned outdoors events by unrestricted vegetative waste burns. Burn
restrictions will remain in effect until CAL FIRE declares the end of fire
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: www.fire.ca.gov or Sonoma County Fire at: http://www.sonoma-county.org/des/