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Burn Permit Suspension Lifted due to Weather

Sonoma County residents with valid permits can now resume burning, subject to requirements of local fire departments and air quality districts.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit has lifted the burn suspension in the State Responsibility Areas (SRA) of the Unit, which includes the County of Sonoma. The lifting of the suspension was initiated on Oct. 26.

In cooperation with the CAL FIRE, the Sonoma County Fire Chief will simultaneously rescind the burn suspension in Local Responsibility Areas of the County of Sonoma. The recent weather has alleviated the dry fuel conditions which triggered the permit suspension earlier in the summer. 

With the lifting of the burn suspension in the SRAs, residents who hold valid CAL FIRE permits may resume burning, subject to the regulations of their local fire departments and air quality districts. Applicants seeking a burn permit should contact their local fire department for detailed information. Property owners who burn outside of the regulations, or allow a fire to escape, may be subject to legal penalties.

Applicants seeking burn permits should also check with the following Air Quality Management Districts for information regarding burn permits and Spare the Air days:

Bay Area Quality Management District

415-749-4600 for a notification application

1-800-792-0787 to check for Spare the Air alerts

North Sonoma County Air Control District

707-433-5911 for a notification application

707-565-2876 to check for Spare the Air alerts

For more information contact your local fire agency or visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.

The Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department (www.sonomacountyfire.org) is comprised of five divisions; Fire Operations and Training, Fire Prevention, Hazardous Materials, Emergency Management and Administration. With hundreds of volunteers supporting its mission, the Department is committed to providing exceptional service dedicated to protecting life, property, and the environment.  Mark Aston is the County Fire Chief and Department Director.

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