Cal Fire Lifting the Outdoor Burn Suspension

Press release from Cal Fire:

cal fireEffective Friday, October 26, 2017 at 8:00 A.M, Kurt McCray, Unit Chief of the CAL FIRE Humboldt- Del Norte Unit is formally terminating the burn permit suspension for Humboldt, Del Norte, and Western Trinity Counties. Chief McCray is not lifting the Fire Season designation at this time and advises that CAL FIRE permits are still required. CAL FIRE inspections may be required for large burns. A Standard or Non-Standard burn permit from the North Coast Unified AQMD is required year-round for all outdoor burning.
CAL FIRE will require Non-Standard burn permit holders to obtain CAL FIRE burn permits until the end of fire season. Improved weather conditions and cooler temperatures have begun to diminish the threat of wildfire. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.
Residents wishing to burn MUST have a burn permit and verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning by contacting the North Coast Unified AQMD at (877) BURN DAY.
Pile Burning Requirements
 Only dry, natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned.
 The burning of trash, painted wood or other debris is not allowed.
 Do NOT burn on windy days.
 Piles should be no larger than four feet in diameter and in height. You can add to pile as it burns down.
 Clear a 10-foot diameter down to bare soil around your piles.
 Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
 An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.
Safe residential pile burning of vegetation by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, Federal and Local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.
For more information on burning, visit the CAL FIRE website at



  • Now is a good time to make your piles, if you haven’t already.
    Then cover them with a tarp and burn them in December or January right after a rain storm about 3 or 4 days before the next rain is expected. I’ve burnt just about every winter for 43 years now (last year it was 19 piles, re-did the fuel break along the road through the place) and have never had an escape. The burns are also pretty clean, (not a lot of smoke, and not a lot of unburnt material when done) because they have had time to dry out.

  • Good advice Gerald. I’m surprised they’re allowing burning so soon. I certainly wouldn’t think about lighting anything off yet myself, won’t even let my wife build a fire in the fireplace yet, but we all don’t live in the same area I suppose.

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