CalFire Declares Burn Ban in Several Bay Area Counties

May 1, 2014 21:41 pm · 8 comments


The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced a ban on open burning in areas including parts of Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, effective today.

The ban also includes San Benito county and parts of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

The affected areas are experiencing severe drought conditions and increased fire activity, according to CAL FIRE.

Agriculture, land management, fire training and other industrial-type burning is allowed if a CAL FIRE official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit to specifically exempt a burn from this ban.

Campfires are allowed in designated campgrounds or in established facilities on private property.

For more information on how to prepare for and prevent wildfires, visit

Schmee May 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Wildfire is coming.

Is that a 70s rock band or a scare tactic. I have a tremendous urine range and fire fighter friends. I’m prepared!

funny man May 1, 2014 at 11:57 PM

hashtag andromeda strain

Silva May 2, 2014 at 5:31 AM

Wow, Scheme, thanks for the vision!

Anon May 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Hang on until Winter, heavy rains are on the way then.

Huh? May 2, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Wasn’t open burning already not allowed by the BAAQMD? What did this actually ban that wasn’t already banned? I thought in the BAAQMD you weren’t allowed to have burn piles of vegetation, ever, anyway. Does this mean up until this ban, I was actually allowed to burn branches, leaves, brush, etc in my yard?

mutts May 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

It’s only a reminder to pyromaniacs.

Why? May 2, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Why would you want to burn leaves and branches?
There is no place in this area I know of where
this would be a wise method of disposal of yard
debris. There are air quality issues, and wild
fire issues. This is why there are warnings from
both agencies when required.

@Why? May 3, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Lots of rural places use that method, but that aside, why are they announcing a ban? Isn’t this NOT allowed ALL the time or are there actually times when this would be allowed in Contra Costa County? I’d like to know what the actual law is if anyone knows.

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