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Residential Burn Permit

A Residential Burn Permit is required for a burn pile during fire season to burn debris that has originated from your property.

Fire season is typically May 1st to October/November depending weather and fire conditions. 

Burn Permits are now available online, to obtain your Burn Permit online please click here

Terms of a Residential Burn Permit:
  • The permit will be valid for one year.
  • Burning can only be done on permissive burn days.
  • You must call the burn information line at (530) 621-5897 immediately prior to burning — even during winter months. Burn restrictions can change throughout the day.
  • Maximum pile size is 4 foot diameter.
  • The area within 10 feet of the outer edge of the pile must be maintained free and clear of all flammable material and vegetation.
  • A responsible person should remain attendance with tools to manage the fire until fire is dead out.
  • A water supply should be present at the burning site.
  • No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly wind) are such that burning can be considered safe.

Violations of any burning permit terms are a violation of California State law. (Public Resources Code 4421, 4422, 4423, and 4425)

Health & Safety Code 13009 states that persons who lose control of a permitted burn may be held liable for suppression costs.