Burn Permits

As of May 2nd, 2017 agricultural burning and homeowner burning for hazard reduction is allowed ONLY after a Cal-Fire pre-inspection of your burn. Call the Cal-Fire Glen Ellen station at 707-996-6900 or 707-571-1934 to arrange for an inspection. All the usual other requirements outlined below apply:

The normal burn-season process (approx Nov 15th to May 1st) is as follows:

Step 1) Get an air quality notification form, fill it out and send it in (mail, fax, or email).

Step 2) Check the BAAQMD site to see if it is a burn day

Step 3) Notify local fire officials the day of the burn

Step 1) A Bay Area Air Quality Management District Burn Notification is required for any brush burning. This form is called the Open Burning Notification Form and you can request one by calling 415-749-4600. You can also find this form online at www.baaqmd.gov/forms.aspx. It is in the “Compliance Forms” section or download the form here. NOTE: There is an annual fee associated with the filing of this form. For a normal hazard reduction fire notice, As of July 1, 2017 they will charge you $129.

Step 2) Once you have sent in the burn notification and paid the fee, you need to call BAAQM after 3pm the day prior to the burn to see if burning is allowed for our area. Call them at 1-800-792-0787 to hear the recorded message. The recorded message will say that if you are in a CA SRA area (we are) that Cal Fire must inspect your burn piles. This does not currently apply to homeowner burning in our area.

Step 3) On the day of your burn you must notify the county fire dispatch at REDCOM that you will be burning at 1-707-565-1700. They will ask for your location and get a contact number.

Note that as outlined in the permit, brush should be dried a minimum of 60 days before burning so that it does not create excessive smoke. Follow the rules, BAAQMD can fine you if your are cited!

Burn safely! If your burning spreads out of control and damages someone else's property you may be liable!

Follow these tips:

  • Only dry, natural, vegetative material such as brush and tree trimmings that originated on the property may be burned. 
  • No burning before 10am for air quality reasons, and no additions to the burn pile after 3pm
  • Keep piles no larger than four (4) feet in diameter. If you have more than that to burn, feed it onto your 4 foot burn pile.
  • Provide ten feet of clearance around the pile by removing all material that will burn, down to bare mineral soil.
  • Have a water source on hand - a garden hose or a minimum of a five gallon backpack, pump type water extinguisher.
  • A Responsible adult needs to be in attendance at all times.
  • NEVER burn on windy days.

See this Cal Fire page for more info on burning safely

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