State and local fire officials marked the end of the dry season last week and lifted the seasonal ban on open fires in Sonoma County and several other counties.

Residents planning any type of open burning, such as debris piles, must still get a go-ahead from fire and air quality officials.

Cal Fire permits are needed for burns in unincorporated, state-served areas of Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Yolo and Colusa counties.

Residents also should check to see if additional permits are required by their local fire agency.

The lifting of the seasonal ban also applied to Lake and Napa counties.

For more information on fire and air quality regulations, contact either the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, (415) 749-4600, the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District, 433-5911, or visit the Cal Fire website at