Santa Rosa Fire Department officials have declared an end to the 2022 wildfire season they said began five months ago.

“While conditions around the region and state vary, locally, Santa Rosa has received enough beneficial rainfall, with more forecasted this week, to significantly reduce the threat of fires in the community,” according to the department’s Nov. 7 announcement.

Officials urged residents to remain prepared, especially those who live within or near the city’s Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Area.

“The Santa Rosa Fire Department responded to dozens of vegetation fires this year,” said Santa Rosa Fire Chief Scott Westrope in the announcement. “The containment of several of the fires was aided by the proactive steps property owners continue to take by maintaining defensible space and keeping seasonal grasses cut, in compliance with our Weed Abatement Ordinance. Those measures prevented significant property damage. It’s encouraging to see how far our community has come since the 2017 wildfires and that these preventative measures are truly helping to make Santa Rosa Wildfire Ready.”

With the end of wildfire season declared, the department has suspended annual weed abatement inspections effective Tuesday.

Fire officials anticipate that pile burning will be permissible starting in late November in permitted locations within the city.

Visit the fire department’s website for more information about wildfire preparedness.