A Mendocino County suspension on burning will be lifted as of Wednesday, announced state fire officials Monday.

The 2011 fire season remains open, however, so burn permits still will be required.

Fire officials every year suspend the allowed time for backyard and big pile burning when conditions become too dry. This year, due to the heavy rain season, the suspension came later than normal.

With this week's rains, the suspension is being lifted.

Anyone still holding a permit since last spring should check dates to make sure it remains valid, officials said.

Permits are available at Cal Fire Howard Forest headquarters near Willits from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information call (707) 459-7404.

They also can be obtained at a variety of local and Cal Fire fire stations throughout the county.

Burn permits aren't required from the end of fire season until next May 1.

But Mendocino County Air Quality Management requires permits all year. Anyone wanting to burn also needs to meet safe burning and air quality regulations.

Those permits also are available at a variety of fire stations throughout the county.

Sonoma, Lake and Napa county burn restrictions remain in effect.