Press release from the Calfire Humboldt-Del Norte Unit:

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