Placerville, Calif. (October 24, 2023) — If you're living in the City of Placerville or State Responsibility Areas (SRA) of El Dorado county, you're in for some good news. CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Mike Blankenheim is giving the green light to lift the burn permit suspension, effective as of Tuesday, October 24 at 8 a.m.
What does this mean for residents and landowners in our area? Well, it's time to get those burn permits ready if you want to carry out controlled burns on your property. The burn permit suspension may have been a temporary inconvenience, but it's all in the name of fire safety, especially in a region prone to wildfires. So, let's dive into what you need to know to get back to the business of responsible burning.
Burn Permits: A Must-Have
First things first, CAL FIRE burn permits are a non-negotiable requirement if you plan to light up your landscape debris this season. Thankfully, these permits are available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/, so you can get one with just a few clicks.
If you already have a current and valid residential burn permit, you're in the clear to resume burning on days when it's allowed. For agricultural burns, remember that CAL FIRE will inspect the site before you can start burning until the peak fire season ends. If you have other types of burns in mind including agricultural, forestry management, land development or residential burning of piles larger than 4 foot diameter — contact El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (AQMD) to get approval.
Keep in mind that your permit should either be in print or digital format, and it's valid through April 30, 2024. but don't worry – permits are issued free of charge.
Know Your Burn Days
Burning isn't a free-for-all; there are specific guidelines in place. Permits allow you to burn dry landscape vegetation, but not household trash. Hazard reduction guidelines are outlined on the permit, and it's essential to follow them diligently.
For those who can't access online permits, there's a handy hotline you can call for assistance: (530) 644-2345.
Burn Responsibly: Air Quality Matters
While we all welcome the return of burn permits, it's vital to remember that the safety of your neighbors and the environment should be a top priority. If you're planning on residential debris burning, check with AQMD to understand what specific permit requirements or burning restrictions are in place in your area. And, always call to ensure that it's a burn day. Burn barrels are illegal in El Dorado county.
El Dorado County Burn Day Contacts:
Safe Alternatives to Burning
There are alternatives to safely dispose of your piles. The El Dorado County Fire Safe Council at http://www.edcfiresafe.org can provide you with information on available programs.
As we transition into cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and the possibility of winter weather, the wildfire threat begins to diminish. But it doesn't mean you should let your guard down. Property owners and residents are strongly advised to exercise caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns. Always follow the guidelines provided and, most importantly, maintain control over the fire.
Remember, if a fire gets out of control and spreads to neighboring properties, you can be held civilly and/or criminally liable. So, safety should be your top priority.
For more tips and information on residential landscape debris burning safety, check out eldoradocountyfire.com/burn-permits .
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