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Instructions for obtaining an Open Burn Permit

Permits for fire hazard reduction and tumbleweed pile burning can be obtained online through Community Connect. Community Connect can be accessed by clicking the link below, or through the Hazard Reduction Pile Burning Permit Application widget in the sidebar of the Home Page. Instruction for obtaining a burn permit can be found by clicking the link below.

Hazard Reduction Burn Permit Instructions

Link for obtaining Hazard Reduction Burn Permit


Open Burning on SRA land will be allowed starting January 5, 2024

Kern County Fire Department announced Open Burning on SRA land within Eastern Kern County will be allowed starting January 5, 2024. Hazard reduction open burning will also be allowed on non-SRA land durring approved favorable burn days.

Be advised: Hazard reduction open burning requires a burn burmit. You can obtain a burn permit by Clicking Here, or from the link on the hazard reduction pile burning permit application widget on the home page sidebar.


Agricultural Crop Waste, Hazard Reduction & Noxious Weed Burning

Commercial Agricultural operations must obtain and maintain an annual Crop Waste, Hazard Reduction & Noxious Weed Burning permit from the District.

Click here to download a copy of the Application for Agricultural Burning.

Please be advised: You must check burn-day status on the day you wish to burn, prior to ignition. To do so, please look at the “status” of the permit in the burn permit tile. If the status says “Active”, burning is allowed for that day; if the status says “Suspended - Burn Ban”, then burning is not allowed on that day.

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Eastern Kern Fire Stations

Station Number


Telephone Number

11 Keene

30356 Woodford-Tehachapi Rd. 93561

(661) 822-5555

12 Tehachapi

800 South Curry St. 93561

(661) 822-5533

14 Mojave

1953 Hwy 58 93501

(661) 824-4581

15 Rosamond

3219 35th St. West 93560

(661) 256-2401

16 Bear Valley Springs

28946 Bear Valley Rd. 93561

(661) 821-1110

87 Boron

26965 Cote St.  93516

(760) 762-6167

18 Stallion Springs

28381 Braeburn Pl. 93561


71 South Lake

9000 Navajo Ave. 93283

(760) 378-3055

72 Lake Isabella

4500 Lake Isabella Blvd.  93240

(760) 379-2626

83 Inyokern

6919 Monache Mt. Ave. 93527

(760) 377-4621

84 Ridgecrest

139 E. Las Flores 93555

(760) 375-8466

85 Randsburg

26804 Butte Ave.  93554

(760) 374-2455

76 Kernville

11018 Kernville Rd. 93238

(760) 376-2219

81 Ridgecrest Heights

815 W. Dolphin Ave. 9555

(760) 371-2181

78 Piute

16001 Walker Basin Rd. 93518

(661) 867-2311

190 California City

20890 Hacienda Bvld. 93505

(760) 373-4841


Current Wild Fire/Smoke info is available at the links below

InciWeb Incident Information (Click Here)

Cal Fire (Click Here)

American Red Cross Safe and Well (Click Here)


How Smoke Can Effect Your Health

Smoke is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles produced when wood and other organic matter burns. The biggest health threat from smoke comes from fine particles. These microscopic particles can get into your eyes and respiratory system, where they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. Fine particles also can aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases – and even are linked to premature deaths in people with these conditions.

People with asthma, heart disease, lung disease, older adults, and children are at greater risk of being affected by smoke. If you are healthy, you're usually not at a major risk from smoke but it's still a good idea to avoid breathing smoke if you can help it. It's important to limit your exposure to smoke, especially if you may be susceptible.

How to tell if smoke is affecting you:
Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, headaches, stinging eyes or a runny nose. If you have heart or lung disease, smoke might make your symptoms worse. People with heart disease might experience chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, or fatigue. People with lung disease may not be able to breathe as deeply or as vigorously as usual, and they may experience symptoms such as coughing, phlegm, chest discomfort, wheezing and shortness of breath. When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people may experience some of these symptoms.

Protect yourself:
Watch local news and weather stations, pay attention to health warning and air quality reports, you can also use the EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI). Use common sense; if it looks smoky outside, it's probably not a good time to mow the lawn, go for a run, or let children play outside.

If your advised to stay indoors take steps to keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed. Run an air conditioner if needed but make the fresh air intake is closed and the filter is clean. Do not use a swamp cooler as it will pull in lots of smoke from outside. If your house becomes to hot to be comfortable seek alternative shelter. If it is cool outside try to avoid anything that produces heat from burning such as a fireplace, gas logs, or a gas stove.

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Dry_firewood_chartResidential Wood Burning

Many Eastern Kern County residents
use woodstoves and fireplaces to heat
their homes.

If you burn please remember to do so
as cleanly as possible.

Never burn household waste in your
woodstove or fireplace and only burn
clean, dry, seasoned wood, and maintain
a hot fire.

Prescribed Fire Information Reporting System (PFIRS)

Mojave Desert Map

Useful Smoke and Fire Documents

EKAPCD Wood Burning Fact Sheet

EKAPCD Agricultural Burn Policy

EKAPCD HELP Undercut Smoke pamphlet

EPA Burn Wise Website

Health Effects From Smoke

Ten Tips for Safer, Cleaner Fireplace Burning

American Lung: California Fires, Tips to Protect Your Lungs

ARB Wood Burning Handbook



EKAPCD Burning Rules

Rule 416 - Open Burning

Rule 416.1 - Wood Burning Heaters

Rule 417 - Ag & Prescribed Burning

Rule 418 - Incinerator Burning

EKAPCD Wood Smoke Reduction Program


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