Burn permits required on May 1
Residential burn permits will be required beginning Thursday, May 1. These permits are issued to the public free of charge, are valid for three years from the date of issuance and allows for the burning of dry vegetation (not household trash) that originates on the landowners property. Pick up your free residential burn permit at most local staffed fire stations.
“It is imperative that landowners follow all requirements listed on the burn permit,” said Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief Brad Harris. “If a fire escapes their control, they can be issued a citation and be held liable for suppression costs and damages.”
Burning safety tips:
- Make sure your pile(s) are no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet in size.
- Scrape a 10 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.
- You can only burn on “permissive burn days” so make sure to call your local Air Quality Management District immediately prior to lighting your pile(s).
Don’t forget that the use of burn barrels is no longer legal in El Dorado County.
For more information about burning call (530) 621-5897 or (866) 621-5897 or visit fire.ca.gov. For alternatives to burning your piles contact the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council at edcfiresafe.org.