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Burn pile should not be more than 4ft X 4ft and you need to have at least a 10 foot diameter clearance free of flammable materials.
Burn pile should not be more than 4ft X 4ft and you need to have at least a 10 foot diameter clearance free of flammable materials, keep a shovel and a ready supply of water near the fire at all times. Photo:

Burn Permit Suspension Lifted
Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit
Firefighter News - January 2020

Dec 17, 2019


Effective 12/09/2019, the burn permit suspension in Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Yolo and Colusa counties was lifted by Cal Fire. Those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can resume burning on permissible burn days.

Residents are asked to use caution while conducting burns, follow all guidelines, and to 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 should contact their local Fire District prior to any burning. Watch the video on this page for basic guidelines:

“Many area residents are faced with removing vegetation that was damaged during the recent fires,” said Sonoma County Fire Marshal James Williams. “Please consult a professional before cutting trees, and make sure burning is done safely.” 


SCPResidents MUST verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning

· Bay Area Air Quality Management District, (415) 771-6000

· Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District, (707) 433-5911 

· Visit   to see air district boundaries. 

Pile Burning Requirements

Fire Prevention & Hazmat Division - Sonoma County  Burn only dry, natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings.

•   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. Add to the pile as it burns down.

•   Clear a 10 foot line 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 burning of vegetation is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. When conditions allow, state, federal and local fire and land management agencies will be conducting prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands. 

For more information visit: Sonoma County Fire at   

or CAL FIRE at    or


Firefighter News - January 2020

Holiday Tree Disposal:Thirty seconds is all it takes for a dry Christmas tree to be consumed by fire. Many people will leave their trees up through the New Year — but fire doesn’t take a holiday. 

The Sonoma County Fire Prevention Officers Association urges everyone to dispose of their trees as soon as possible, once it begins to show signs of drying out. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), one-third of all Christmas tree fires occur in January. 

The first rule of tree disposal:Never put the tree or branches in a fireplace or wood burning stove! Sonoma County Waste Management has made it easy to recycle with three options:

There is no charge for county residents to put trees on the curbside during a specific window… OR cut and place in your regular yard waste container and for regular yard waste collection day. 

Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Windsor and unincorporated Sonoma County have whole tree collection. Curbside dates, check   www.recology/com/RSMschedules.  If that’s not an option, the tree MUST BE CUT TO FIT inside the yard waste container as trees sticking out can interfere with the lifting arm on the truck. 

Call (707) 565-3333 for an appointment to have a non-profit pickup your tree.

Call ahead to schedule a pickup. The suggested donation for this service is $7 for trees less than 6 feet and $10 for larger trees. 

Free drop-off locations throughout the County (cut in half, no flocking). 

Sonoma County Fairgrounds, thru 1/10

Sonoma County Transfer Stations, thru 1/17

The longer Christmas trees are in the home, the more they dry out and increasingly become fire hazards. Removing the tree from your home and properly disposing of it as soon as possible will minimize the risk of a treasured holiday season becoming a tragic one.

Graton Fire

Christmas Tree Farm: Thank you to everyone who came to our fire station to get a Christmas tree and support our volunteer firefighters! For the ninth year, we also brought in Noble, Nordman, and other trees from a sustainable farm in Oregon... They were so popular, we sold out! In addition, hundreds of people cut down their own trees across our seven acres. Kids enjoyed searching the 5,000+ seedlings now planted throughout the farm to find their names from prior years. A big “Thank You” to our tree farm manager, Heather O’Dell, her team, and all the volunteer firefighters for helping the tree farm be such a successful fundraiser. Most importantly, we appreciate your support to keep our tree farm sustainable. We look forward to seeing you next season!

Toy Drive... Another Success:The 2019 Toy Drive was a fantastic success, thank you! Graton Fire was able to deliver presents to over 40 children, brightening their holidays. We wish everyone could experience the joy we see when the fire engine pulls up and delivers your presents... once again, thank you. A tremendous thank you also needs to go out to Andy’s Produce, Graton Community Club, Graton Post Office, Bridgeway Gas, and Sebastopol Hardware for being toy collection points in addition to cash donations from a number of residents to our toy drive.

Forestville Fire

We are pleased to announce that Firefighter of the year 2019 was awarded to Volunteer Firefighter Gary Green. Gary has been a volunteer with Forestville for over 14 years. He is one of the most solid and reliable volunteers this department has ever seen. In 2019 he responded to over 50% of the Districts calls and attended over 70% of the weekly training drills. He works part time shifts for us throughout the year and was on the crew of one of our engines that worked the recent Kincade fire. Gary is very active with the Forestville Fire Association and could not be more deserving of this award. Congratulations Gary!

The District would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to these dedicated members of our department, who just achieved the following milestone service awards: 

Volunteer Engineer Josh Nultemeier: 30 years

Volunteer Driver/Operator Matt Bardella: 25 year

Volunteer Driver/Operator Travis Wood: 20 years

Captain Michael Franceschi: 15 years 

Engineer Charles Franceschi: 15 years 

Volunteer Driver/Operator Garrett Northern: 15 years

Russian River Fire

The Russian River Fire District would like to remind you to drive safely during the rainy season and do not drive through flooded roadways regardless of how well you may “know the road”. Moving water can deteriorate the road surface creating pot holes or washing the roadway completely which makes the standing water deeper than what it may appear. This can cause severe vehicle damage or lead to being stranded. In areas where standing water may be present, reduce your vehicle speed to reduce the chance of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is where the tires lose contact with the road surface, causing the vehicle to “spin out”, endangering not only yourself, but other drivers as well.

Russian River Fire continues to explore consolidation with the Sonoma County Fire District (SCFD). We are already seeing the benefits of consolidation through a contract service for administrative support from SCFD. Our goal is to continue to deliver quality fire and EMS service to our community, and will be able to enhance our service level through consolidation. for more details. 

To learn more about SCFD, visit their website at If you have specific questions, please contact the administrative office at 707-869-9089 or 707-892-2440.

As a reminder, the Russian River Fire Protection District Board of Directors will hold their next meeting on at 6pm on the second Wednesday of the month at 14100 Armstrong Wood Road. The Public is encouraged to come and participate. Visit us online at:

Bodega Bay Fire

BBFPD is proud to announce that  Tyler Reynolds  was hired to fill our most recent Firefighter/Paramedic vacancy. Tyle was sworn in on December 10th.

At our annual holiday party the following individuals received the following awards:

Camden Plummer-Firefighter of the Year.

Dewey Kribs-Community Member of the Year

Linda Stout-Lifetime Achievement Award

The annual Comedy for a Cause was held on Saturday December 14th. What a great time for everyone that attended. Special Thanks to Vicki Barbolak and her friends Phil Griffiths and Betsy Salkind who also made us all laugh. Thank you to Bodega Harbour and the Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce who sponsored the event. Special thanks to Ed and Pris who made it all possible.

We wish you all a safe and joyous holiday season. 

See you all next year!


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