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LAKE COUNTY AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT--PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASERELEASE DATE: April 30, 2018The annual burn ban in Lake County starts on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to address concernsover both fire hazard and air quality. The burn restriction applies to all areas in LakeCounty. All burn permits expire on April 30, 2018. The burn ban includes ALL openwaste burning, though exemptions are possible for agricultural operations, essentialcontrol 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 thatoften create extreme fire danger and poor air quality. A managed approach incorporatingFire 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, asthey are all assumed to be uncontrolled fires unless specifically authorized by anexemption permit. This successful program is one of the primary reasons Lake Countyhas 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 beinspected for fire safety. After the Fire Agency notifies the Air District that the proposedburn site is fire safe then an exemption permit may be obtained.Anyone responsible for open burning during the ban without an exemption permit may besubject to citation, fines, and Fire Agency response costs to extinguish the fire. Burnrestrictions 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 ourclean air. Public cooperation is greatly appreciated and results in a safer and morehealthful environment for us all.CONTACT:
Douglas G. GearhartAir Pollution Control Officerdougg@lcaqmd.netFax (707) 263-04212617 South Main StreetLakeport, CA 95453Phone (707) 263-7000