Burn Permit Information

During certain times of the year, when fire danger is lower, outdoor residential debris burning of dead vegetation is allowed in many areas. If you live within the State Responsibility Area you should always check with your local CAL FIRE station or local fire department to obtain any necessary permits that may be required. Before burning be sure to find out if it is a permissive burn day and no other permits are required in your area by contacting your Local Air District.

While burning outdoors may be the most convenient way to get rid of landscape debris, extra caution is required to ensure a wildfire is not sparked. Follow these tips:

  • Only dry, natural, vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings that originated on the property may be burned.
  • Burning household garbage is NOT allowed.
  • Piles will be no larger than four (4) feet in diameter.
  • Provide clearance around the pile that is ten (10) feet in diameter by removing all material that will burn, down to bare mineral soil.
  • Have a water source on hand such as a charged garden hose or a minimum of a five (5) gallon backpack, pump type water extinguisher.
  • Responsible adult needs to be in attendance at all times.
  • NEVER burn on windy days.

BURNING ALTERNATIVES

To eliminate the chance of a fire spreading, to reduce pollutants from the air, or if health reasons prevent you from burning, here are other ways to dispose of yard waste.

***Starting May 1st, burn permits will be required in most counties throughout Northern California.


Administrative Unit

Suspension

Effective

Area

Amador-El Dorado Unit

Amador County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
El Dorado County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Alpine County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Sacramento County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA

 

Butte Unit

Butte County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA

 

Fresno-Kings Unit

Fresno County Permit Required
November 9, 2015
All SRA
Kings County Permit Required
November 9, 2015
All SRA

 

Humboldt-Del Norte Unit

Del Norte County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Humboldt County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA

 

Kern County Fire

Kern County Permit Required
December 15, 2015
All SRA

 

Lassen-Modoc Unit

Lassen County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Modoc County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Plumas County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA

 

Los Angeles County Fire

Los Angeles County Permit Required
December, 11, 2015
All SRA

 

Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit

Madera County Burning Allowed
January 13, 2016
All SRA
Mariposa County Burning Allowed
January 13, 2016
All SRA
Merced County Burning Allowed
January 13, 2016
All SRA

 

Marin County Fire

Marin County View Marin County Fire's Website
All SRA

 

Mendocino Unit

Mendocino County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA

 

Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit

Nevada County Burning Allowed
November 16, 2015
All SRA
Placer County Burning Allowed
November 16, 2015
All SRA
Sierra County Burning Allowed
November 16, 2015
All SRA
Yuba County Burning Allowed
November 16, 2015
All SRA

 

Orange County Fire

Orange County View Orange County Fire's Website   All SRA

 

Riverside Unit

Riverside County Permit Required
December 7, 2015
All SRA

 

San Benito-Monterey Unit

Monterey County Permit Required
November 9, 2015
All SRA
San Benito County Permit Required
November 9, 2015
All SRA

 

San Bernardino Unit

Inyo County Permit Required
December 7, 2015
All SRA
Mono County Permit Required
December 7, 2015
All SRA
San Bernardino County Permit Required
December 7, 2015
All SRA

 

Santa Clara Unit

Alameda County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Contra Costa County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
San Joaquin County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Santa Clara County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Stanislaus County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA

 

San Diego Unit

Imperial County Permit Required
December 7, 2015
All SRA
San Diego County Permit Required
December 7, 2015
All SRA

 

San Luis Obispo Unit

San Luis Obispo County Burning Suspended
May 1, 2016
All SRA

 

San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit

San Mateo County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Santa Cruz County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA

 

Santa Barbara County Fire

Santa Barbara County View Santa Barbara County Fire's Website   All SRA

 

Shasta-Trinity Unit

Shasta County Burning Allowed
November 16, 2015
All SRA
Eastern Trinity County Burning Allowed
November 16, 2015
All SRA

 

Siskiyou Unit

Siskiyou County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA

 

Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit

Colusa County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Lake County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Napa County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Solano County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Sonoma County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Yolo County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA

 

Tehama-Glenn Unit

Glenn County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Tehama County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA

 

Tulare Unit

Tulare County Permit Required
November 16, 2015
All SRA

 

Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit

Calaveras County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Tuolumne County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Eastern Stanislaus County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA
Eastern San Joaquin County Permit Required
May 1, 2016
All SRA

 

Ventura County

Ventura County Permit Required
December 28, 2015
All SRA

 

 

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