County of Marin - News Releases - Pile Burning

For Immediate Release
November 17, 2023

Burn Permit Suspension Lifted in Marin

Property owners asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns

San Rafael, Calif. – With autumn weather reducing wildfire threats, those possessing valid agriculture and residential burn permits can burn in Marin County on permissible burn days. Cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and the chance of rainfall have led the Marin County Fire Department to lift the burn permit suspension previously in place.

Property owners are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns and follow all guidelines. Those conducting burns must maintain control of the fire. All residents must complete a LE5 California Inter-Agency Burn Permit and have it signed off by Marin County Fire. Contact your nearest Marin County Fire station for coordination and permit submittal.

Residents wishing to burn MUST verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning. Open burn fees may apply. Visit the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for rules and regulations.

Pile Burning Requirements

  • Only dry, natural vegetative material 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. Additional debris can added to a pile as it burns down.
  • Clear a 10-foot diameter down to bare soil around piles.
  • Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
  • An adult is required to tend the fire at all times.

Safe burning of dead and dry vegetation by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, federal and local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health and resiliency on private and public lands.


Marimar Ochoa
Public Information Officer - Biling├╝e
Marin County Fire Department

1600 Los Gamos Drive
Suite 301
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-3489
Email: Marimar Ochoa
Marin County Fire website