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Posted on: May 2, 2018

Lake County’s Annual Burn Ban Starts May 1, 2018

RELEASE DATE: April 30, 2018

The annual burn ban in Lake County starts on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 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, 2018. The burn ban includes ALL open
waste burning, though exemptions are possible for agricultural operations, essential
control burns for fire hazard reduction projects, public safety burns, and others.

The 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.

To obtain an exemption permit to burn after May 1st, first contact Air Quality at (707) 263
-7000 to determine need, then contact your local Fire Agency so that your burn site can be
inspected for fire safety. After the Fire Agency notifies the Air District that the proposed
burn site is fire safe then an exemption permit may be obtained.

Anyone responsible for open burning during the ban without an exemption permit may be
subject to citation, fines, and Fire Agency response costs 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. Public cooperation is greatly appreciated and results in a safer and more
healthful environment for us all.


Douglas G. Gearhart
Air Pollution Control Officer
Fax (707) 263-0421
2617 South Main Street
Lakeport, CA 95453
Phone (707) 263-7000

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