Those beautiful, beautiful flames! Get your permit before you enjoy them. Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash.

Press release from Calfire Humboldt-Del Norte Unit:

Effective May 1, 2022, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) Humboldt - Del Norte Unit requires Non-Standard Burn Permit holders in State Responsibility Areas, to obtain a CAL FIRE Burn Permit (LE-5). A North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQMD) burn permit is required any time you burn vegetation.

The CAL FIRE Humboldt – Del Norte Unit wants to emphasize the importance of following all burning regulations and ensuring controlled burns do not escape and become wildfires. Residents must remain vigilant while burning. Recent precipitation has helped bring moisture to drought-stressed vegetation, but the North Coast is still significantly below normal rainfall.

With easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, CAL FIRE facilities are more accessible to the public. To obtain a CAL FIRE LE-5 Burn Permit, call or visit your nearest CAL FIRE station. The CAL FIRE Humboldt – Del Norte Unit may mail burn permits to residents. These permits are not valid until signed by the permit holder.

CAL FIRE may require an on-site inspection prior to permit issuance.

CAL FIRE Stations

  • Fortuna Headquarters (707) 725-4413
  • Garberville Station (707) 923-2645
  • Weott Station (707) 946-2215
  • Trinidad Station (707) 677-3638
  • Crescent City Station (707) 464-5526

NCUAQMD burn permits are required year-round and can be obtained on-line at, or in person at 707 L Street, Eureka (M-F 9am to Noon and 1pm to 4pm). For more information contact the NCUAQMD by calling (707) 443-3093.