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The annual burn ban in Lake County starts on Monday, May 1, 2017 to address concerns
over both fire hazard and air quality. The burn restriction applies to all areas in Lake
County. All burn permits expire on April 30, 2017. An annual burn ban was first
implemented in 1986 in response to weather conditions that often create extreme fire
danger and poor air quality. A managed approach incorporating Fire and Air agency
concerns has been implemented and improved upon for many years. The ban allows a
quick fire agency response to all fires observed from May 1st on, as they are all assumed to
be uncontrolled fires unless specifically authorized by an exemption permit. This
successful program is one of the primary reasons Lake County has superior and healthful
The ban also helps prevent smoke impacts to the general public and large planned outdoor
events from unrestricted vegetative waste burns. The burn ban includes ALL open waste
burning, though exceptions are possible for agricultural operations, essential control burns
for fire hazard reduction projects, public safety burns, and others.
To obtain an exemption permit for a necessary burn after May 1, first contact the
LCAQMD at (707) 263-7000 to determine need, then your local Fire Protection Agency
so that your burn site can be inspected and evaluated for fire safety. Only after the Fire
Agency has notified the Lake County Air Quality Management District that the proposed
burn is fire safe, can you obtain a written exemption permit.
Anyone responsible for open burning during the ban without a valid written exemption
permit may be subject to a citation, fines, and the cost of the Fire Agency response to
extinguish the fire. Burn restrictions will remain in effect until CalFire declares an end to
Please help us reduce the danger and losses caused by uncontrolled fires, and protect our
clean air resources. Public cooperation is greatly appreciated and results in a safer and
more healthful environment for all of us.
Contact Information:Douglas G. Gearhart, Air Pollution Control OfficerLAKE COUNTY AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT2617 South Main StreetLakeport, CA 95453Phone (707) 263-7000Fax (707) 263-0421