KCFD officials to allow open burning

Posted at 2:13 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-19 18:39:06-05
Kern County Fire officials said on Friday that they are going to allow open burning within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) starting on December 21st.
County officials said that  this is due to the increased humidity, higher fuel moisture and the increased availability of fire protection resources.
Officials are urging any residents who wishing to burn that they must verify that is a permissive burn day prior to burning. 
They recommend anyone to contact their Air Pollution Control District  (San Joaquin Valley APCD or Eastern Kern APCD) and their Kern County Fire Station.

Pile Burning Requirements

  • Obtain a Hazard Reduction Burn Permit from your local KCFD Station.
  • Only dry, natural vegetation such as leaves and tree trimmings 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 height.
  • Clear a 10 foot diameter of bare soil around your piles.
  • Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
  • An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.

KCFD officials said that safe residential pile burning by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. Local, State, and Federal Fire Agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.

For more information on burning and fire station listings, visit the Kern County Fire Department website at