In the fair use Wikimedia Commons image above, a burn pile has been constructed without regard for Cal Fire guidelines requiring a down-to-the-dirt 10-foot diameter clearing. Bad form, Wikimedia Commons.

Cal Fire press release:

Due to changing atmospheric conditions, the CAL FIRE Humboldt-Del Norte Unit is lifting the burn suspension effective Monday, October 7, 2019 at 8 a.m. Residents are required to obtain a North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District Standard Permit to burn dry vegetation piles less than four feet in diameter.  Residents burning larger vegetation piles will require BOTH the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District Non-Standard Burn Permit and the CAL FIRE LE-5 burn Permit until the end of fire season.  The North Coast Unified Air Quality Permits are required year around. Permit holders shall contact the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District at 1.866. 287.6329 to determine burn day status prior to burning.

While burning, permit holders are required by law to abide by the following guidelines.             

  • 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.
Residents are reminded that they can be civilly and criminally liable for burning violations or escaped fires originating from their burn piles.
CAL FIRE requires landowners maintain 100 feet of defensible space around their property in accordance with PRC 4291 requirements. 

For additional information on fire safety see Ready for Wildfire.org.