Mendocino County

Air Quality Management District
Wildfire Smoke Protection  Air Advisory

Burn Information


Burning Information

Burn Information for Mendocino County

 Open outdoor burning is only allowed on permissive burn days as determined by the Air Resources Board and Cal Fire.
Burning of vegetative matter is restricted to permissive burn days with a valid burn permit within specified hours.
Contact your local Fire Agency or Air Quality for more information.

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Smoke Management Plan Info

All Smoke Management Plans must be submitted to the Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO) for review at least 10 days prior to the proposed burning.

 Open outdoor burning of vegetative matter may require a SMP (Smoke Management Plan). SMPs are approved by the District, and kept on file with the District.

A SMP is required for any of these conditions:

  • The burn(s) is a broadcast burn
  • The burn(s) is expected to equal or exceed ten (10) acres.
  • The fuel loading for the burn is equal or exceed fifty (50) tons.
  • The burn has the possibility to impact sensitive receptors.
  • The applicant was previously fined for open burning.
  • The District determined a SMP is needed.

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Open Burning

Opening burning is not authorized if it is conducted in violation of air quality or fire agency recommendations or requirements.

Open outdoor fires may be allowed only for the disposal of approved combustibles only on permissive burn days.

 Open outdoor burning are classified has:

  • Agriculture -
    • (1) Agricultural (2) Range Improvement (3) Forest Management (4) Wildlife Management (5) Wildland Vegetation Management
  • Non-agriculture -
    • (1) Single or Two Family Dwellings yard cleaning (2) Property Development (3) Fire Hazard Reduction (4) Right-of-Way Clearing (5) Levee, Reservoir and Ditch clearing

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Smoke and your health (USFS)

Burn Day Status

For todays burn day status please call 707-463-4391. .

Burn Permit Application> Click Here
SMP Online Burn Request> Click Here

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Air Quality for Mendocino

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News / Advisories

Mendocino County: Fire Season - Burning is allowed only on permissive burn days with a valid burn permit.

Air Quality Advisory For Mendocino County covering smoke impacts from wildfires in Northern California (month of August 2020). Click Here for More Information

COVID-19 AIR DISTRICT OPERATIONS - The public counter will be closed to walk-in customers. Click Here for More Information

AB 617 Community Air Protection Incentive Projects - AB 617 Community Air Protection Incentives to Reduce Emissions. Click Here for More Information

Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust - provides about $423 million for California to mitigate the excess nitrogen oxide emissions caused by VW's use of illegal emissions testing defeat devices in certain VW diesel vehicles.. Click Here for More Information

Air District Relaxes Portable Diesel Engine Enforcement - ARB has determined the standards for DPM may not be feasible. Click Here for More Information

The District Mission

  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. 

  Mendocino County Air Quality Management District is one of 35 local Air Districts in California.

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