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Burn permit suspension lifted

Cal Fire’s seasonal suspension of burn permits in Sonoma County was recently lifted.

Those possessing valid Cal Fire and air quality burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Burn piles larger than 4’x4’ or broadcast burns must be inspected by Cal Fire prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season. Contact the local Cal Fire station in Glen Ellen to request an inspection.

Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and the chance of winter weather have helped to begin to diminish the threat of wildfire. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and burn onto neighboring property.

Residents wishing to burn in Sonoma Valley must verify that it is a permissive burn day prior to burning. This can be done by calling the Bay Area Air Quality Management District at 415-749-5000.

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 the bare soil around your piles.

• Have a shovel and water source nearby.

An adult is required to attend 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 time to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health and resiliency on private and public lands.

For more information on how to obtain a Cal Fire burn permit, go to www.burnpermit.