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County of Sonoma Fire Prevention Division announces that burning permits are required in the unincorporated areas of the County

This is a correction to a Press Release published May 4 which incorrectly referred to a burn suspension.

Santa Rosa, CA  –  May 6, 2020  –  Effective May 4, pursuant to Sonoma County Code Chapter 13-71, County of Sonoma Fire Prevention Division announces that burning permits are required in the unincorporated areas of the County in both the Local Responsibility Areas (LRA) and State Responsibility Areas (SRA).

Consistent with Sonoma County Code, the County of Sonoma Fire Prevention Division has placed the same permitting requirement in effect within unincorporated Sonoma County and will coordinate with CAL FIRE to implement a burn suspension (burn ban) when conditions warrant.
Residents must obtain permits from their local Air Quality Management District. In the SRA, a CAL FIRE permit is required in addition to an air quality permit. An online application provides a convenient alternative to obtaining a CAL FIRE permit. Applicants can access the website at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/, watch the mandatory video which reviews burning requirements and safety tips, submit the form, and a dooryard burn permit will be created. In the LRA, residents must obtain an Air Quality permit, and contact the local fire district, who may issue a burn permit.
For more information, contact your local CAL FIRE station or your local Fire Department.

Persons burning under special permit must also check with their regional air quality management district and local fire district for additional regulations and requirements. You can find out which air quality management district your property is in by visiting https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Air- Quality/. To contact local air quality districts, see below:

  • Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (707) 433-5911
  • Bay Area Air Pollution Control District (Napa, Marin and Southern Sonoma County) (415) 749-5000

For more information please visit sonomacounty.ca.gov/FirePrevention or www.fire.ca.gov

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