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Prescribed Burns in Sonoma County

About Prescribed Burns

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To conduct any outdoor burning (beyond fire pits), approval must be obtained from your local district of the CA Air Resources Control Board (CARB). CARB establishes the framework for the burn program and local air districts implement and enforce local rules and regulations. 

A Smoke Management Plan (SMP) is required for prescribed burns. But the requirements for the SMP and steps for approval each CARB district differ. Best practices is to contact your local CARB district office early in the process.

Sonoma County has two CARB Districts, they have different procedures for obtaining approval for control and agriculture burns. 

Determine your ARB District by entering your address.

Once you know your district, learn steps to obtain approval for prescribed burns:

News

July 16, 2018 KQED: Why CA's Best Strategy Against Wildfire (Rx Burns) is Hardly Ever Used

Maps

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  • Prescribed Fire Information Reporting System an interface between air quality managers, land management agencies, and individuals that conduct prescribed burning in California. PFIRS enables individuals involved in prescribed burning the ability to view this information on a statewide level.
  • CARB Maps a variety of air quality maps available on the CARB site.
  • 7 Day Forecast by National Weather Service of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for Santa Rosa.
  • Windy.com using Global Forecast System and NOAA Environmental Modeling System, shows the movement of wind world wide, zoom to your location. 

 

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