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Burn Permits

danger burning permits required

Burn permits are required for all open burning in Sonoma County

Regulations

Regulations for controlled burning in Sonoma County are set by the responsible air pollution control district and not by the Russian River Fire Protection District.

The Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (NSCAPCD) has jurisdiction over the Russian River Fire Protection District.

    Getting a burn permit is easy:

  1. Obtain Burn Permit Validation Stamps by either mailing in a completed application with required fee or visiting the NSCAPCD office in person.  Download burn permit here

For more info:
Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District
150 Matheson Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-5911

Prior to Burning

  • Read and follow the conditions printed on your permit.
  • Make the appropriate notifications as required on your permit.
  • Failure to obtain a permit or to conduct open burning in accordance with the conditions of your permit is a violation of State Law.

General Conditions

  • No burning should be undertaken unless weather conditions are such that they can reasonably be considered safe during the burn period. For example, the wind speed should be less than 10 mph.
  • Any permitted open burning must be
    • attended by at least one able-bodied adult person at all times
    • confined within cleared firebreaks or barriers adequate to prevent it from escaping control
    • regulated in size at all times to ensure proper control by the number of adult persons attending it.
  • Permits are void during suspension of burning by the Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection or the Sonoma County Department of Emergency Services due to hazardous fire conditions including Red Flag Warnings.
  • More restrictive conditions may be found on your permit or noted by the issuing agency.