CAL FIRE permits required as of May 1st

It’s that time of year again…

As of May 1st, CAL FIRE burn permits are required in

Humboldt, Del Norte and western Trinity counties, in addition to your North Coast UAQMD smoke permits.

Permit options:

-LE-6a is required for small residential projects with piles less than 4×4. These can be issued at the time of application (no site visit).

-LE-5 is required for all ‘large or hazardous’ burn projects. This means projects with piles larger than 4×4, or any project activity that has potential to start a fire (Ex: outdoor welding).

-LE-7/8 is required for all broadcast burning.

LE 5 and 7/8 permits may require a site visit from your local CAL FIRE Battalion Chief to evaluate your project for safety, and set ‘precautionary requirements’ such as control line specifications and minimum resources.

These permits can take up to 10 days to process, and CAL FIRE Staff become less available as fire season progresses, so get your requests in early for both spring/summer and fall projects.

As of 2023 the permitting process has moved online:

If you do not have internet connection or have trouble with the online form, you can still call your local Battalion Chief or go to your local CAL FIRE Station for these permits.

Reach out if you need help with any step of the process: from project scoping and planning -> to filing for a permit-> to PBA support during a CAL FIRE site visit -> to getting resources and personnel to your burn. The HumCo PBA is here to help you get good fire on the ground!

More information on the Rx Fire planning process can now be found in the newly released Humboldt County Prescribed Burn Manual

Contact Henri Holbrook ([email protected]) for assistance.