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Prescribed Fire

What is a Prescribed Burn Association (PBA)?

A PBA is a collaborative community-based organization consisting of landowners, land managers, community members, non-profit organizations, and fire professionals. Members of the PBA pool their resources and energy to help private landowners use safe prescribed fire on their land.

To learn more about the efforts to build PBAs across California check out calpba.org

To learn more about the efforts of the first PBA in California (Humboldt PBA) and the efforts of UCCE Fire Advisors in Humboldt County, check out the video below.

Local Prescribed Burn Associations

Following the lead of our colleagues in Humboldt (and state wide!), we are excited to announce several local county based PBAs.

Member of MCPBA conducing prescribed burns.
Member of MCPBA conducing prescribed burns.

Mendocino County PBA (MCPBA)

The MCPBA has over 100 members, a community forum, and a formal steering committee made up of local community members. We conducted our first burns in early 2020, check out the kzyx story we were featured in! We were also just featured in a Word of Mouth article.

We are always working on new prescribed burning opportunities and developing new training and outreach events for the community.

We hope to see you at the next prescribed burn!

Lake County PBA (LCPBA)

The LCPBA has over 100 members, a community forum, and a formal steering committee made up of local community members. We are relatively new and hoping to start working on new burn opportunities.

Good Fire Alliance (GFA, Sonoma County PBA)

The GFA is the most established PBA on the area. Driven by the efforts of UCCE Sonoma and Audubon Canyon Ranch, Fire Forward program, GFA has had an active program in Sonoma County for the past year. To learn more about the GFA, check out their Facebook page.

 

Radio and Radio Frequency Recommendations for Prescribed Burn Associations

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To learn more about any of these local county based PBAs, contact Michael Jones at mjones@ucanr.edu or (707) 463-4495.

Permits and Regulation

Each county requires burn permits from Cal Fire and the Air Quality Management District depending on season.

Counties may have slightly different regulatory processes or permitting structures; therefore it is imperative you check with regulators in each county to make sure you are in compliance with their regulations.

Cal Fire Burn Permit

During certain times of the year, burning of vegetation is allowed. Burn permits may be required. During the dry months, CAL FIRE will suspend burning altogether.

Always check with your local fire station or CAL FIRE station, as well as local air quality management agency before burning.

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Mendocino County Air Quality Management District Burn Permits (MCAQMD)

The mission of the Mendocino County Air Quality Management District is to protect and manage air quality, an essential public resource upon which the health of the community depends.

When burning is allowed, burning must comply with the MCAQMD regulations.

Burn permits are required for all burning in Mendocino County.

MCAQMD Burn Permits are $19.

A Smoke Management Plan may be required for certain types of burns.

BEFORE YOU BURN, ALWAYS CALL 463-4391

BURN ONLY ON PERMISSIVE DAYS

Lake County Air Quality Management District (LCAQMD)

The mission of the Lake County Air Quality Management District (LCAQMD) is to maintain healthful ambient air quality for the residents and visitors of the Lake County Air Basin.

When burnings is allowed, all burns must comply with LCAQMD regulations.

Burn permits are required for all burning in Lake County.

There are several types of LCAQMD burn permits.

Residential & Agricultural Permits $28
Lot Clearing/Land Development Vegetation Burn Permits $84

A Smoke Management Plan may be required for certain types of burns.

Smoke Management Plans $28

BEFORE YOU BURN, ALWAYS CALL 263-7000

BURN ONLY ON PERMISSIVE DAYS