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News: 11/15/2017

Burn permit suspension lifted

Kenwood Fire Chief Daren Bellach is reminding residents not to jump to conclusions if they see smoke in the area.

It could be coming from a legal burn.

As of Nov. 14, at 8 a.m., the burn permit suspension in Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Yolo and Colusa counties has been lifted. Cal Fire Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit Chief Shana Jones formally cancelled the burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days.

Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is seen as a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards by state fire authorities, but there are many precautions to be taken, foremost among them that an adult be on site for the entire burn.

State, Federal and local land management and fire agencies will also utilize this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.

The Kenwood Fire Protection District’s website at has the information you will need to set up your burn. Here’s a recap of that information:

Burn permits are available from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, (BAAQMD) online at Note that verbal notification to BAAQMD is no longer valid notification – it has to be in writing.

To find out if it is a legal burn day, call 1-800-792-0787.

Prior to the start of any burn, you must notify County Fire Dispatch at 565-1700.

No burning before 10 a.m.

And just because BAAQMD says its an OK burn day doesn’t mean it’s a good day to burn. If you have any questions about specific burn safety or advisability, contact the Kenwood Fire Protection District at 833-2042. For more information on burning, visit the Cal Fire website at

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