County of Marin - News Releases - Ban on Open Burning

For Immediate Release
December 14, 2017

Predicted Winds Prompt Ban on Open Burning

Fire Chief cites National Weather Service warning

San Rafael, CA – With a National Weather Service warning in place for high winds coming this weekend, Marin County Fire Department Chief Jason Weber has indefinitely suspended open burning within the county borders.

A burning pile of large branches.Please refrain from pile burning until after the expected wind event that's coming this weekend.
“We are suspending open burning because of predicted fire weather, the lack of precipitation, and unusually dry fuel conditions for this time of year,” Weber said on December 14. “This directive will remain in effect until adequate precipitation is received and fuel conditions are moderated.”

The National Weather Service’s San Francisco bureau issued a Fire Weather Watch on December 14 because of predicted northerly winds of 15-30 mph with gusts of more than 50 mph. The strongest gusts are expected to be in the hills of the North Bay and East Bay.

Open burning, including agricultural burning and controlled burning for fire fuels reduction, is suspended. Residents are asked to discontinue plans for any outdoor burning in fire pits or wood-burning stoves during the wind event. 

Marin County Fire and local agencies have 21 engines committed to the Thomas Fire in Southern California and more than 100 personnel on the front lines and at incident management posts. Weber said his department is adequately prepared to respond to new and emerging incidents within Marin and encourages all residents and visitors to use the utmost caution to reduce the risk of unwanted fire.

“This has been one of the longest and certainly most devastating fire seasons in California history,” Weber said. “Never has it been so critical that residents join fire agencies in creating defensible space and preparing for the inevitable”

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Jason Weber
Marin County Fire Department

33 Castle Rock Ave.
Woodacre, CA 94973
(415) 473-6717
Email: Jason Weber
Marin County Fire website