Posted on: May 3, 2017

Lake County Annual Burn Restrictions Now in Effect

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

air quality.

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

fire season.

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 Officer
2617 South Main Street
Lakeport, CA 95453
Phone (707) 263-7000
Fax (707) 263-0421

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