RESIDENTIAL DEBRIS BURNING
During certain times of the year, not in declared fire season, residential landscape burning of debris is allowed. Always check with the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (AQMD) to make sure it is a permissible burn day prior to burning.
Burn permits are now issued ONLINE and FREE of charge! The permit allows for the burning of dry vegetation (NOT household trash or garbage) that originates on the landowners property. Violations of any burning permit terms are a violation of state law (Public Resource Codes 4421, 4422, 4423 and 4425)
- Make sure your pile(s) are no larger than four feet by four feet in diameter. See below for permits for larger piles or other-than-residential permits.
- Scrape a ten foot wide ring around each debris pile down to bare dirt.
- Have a shovel and water supply (charged hose) close by to use in the event your fire escapes from the pile.
- Make sure an adult is in attendance until the pile is completely extinguished.
- No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly wind) are such that burning can be considered safe.
- You may only burn on “Permissive Burn Days” so make sure to check the burn day status with the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District immediately prior to lighting your pile(s). Burn day information is always available and updated daily on the:
- AQMD Website
- AQMD Facebook
- AQMD Twitter
- Or by telephone: (530) 621-5897 or (866) 621-5897
ALTERNATIVES TO BURNING
Some alternatives to burning include utilizing green waste disposal, free chipping service, community clean up days, composting, or commercial vegetation management businesses to reduce burning your yard waste and creating the associated smoke impacts. See alternatives HERE.
OTHER BURN PERMITS
Special permits from the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District are required for private parties for the following purposes:
- Agricultural Burning - Using fire in agricultural operations (growing crops, raising fowl or animals), wildlife and game habitat improvement, disease and pest prevention.
- Forestry Management Burning - Using fire to remove forest debris associated with timber operations, silvicultural or forest protection.
- Land Development - Using fire to clear property for commercial or residential development.
- Residential Burning - For pile sizes over 4 foot diameter.
These permits can be completed online by visiting the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District website.
Campfire Permits are required for open fires, such as campfire, barbecues and portable stoves on federally controlled lands and private lands that are the property of another person.
- Campfire Permits for the purposes of cooking and warming are not required on your own property.
- Within the El Dorado National Forest (ENF), additional fire restrictions may be in place. Before visiting ENF, check current conditions and fire restrictions HERE.
- In the City of Placerville open campfires are not permitted during fire season. Fires during this time are only allowed in a fireplace, permanent barbecue, portable barbecue, outdoor fireplace, incinerator or grill located on a property that the individual has the legal authority to occupy.
City of Placerville open fires/burning ordinance:10.1_AttA open fires regular ordinance.pdf