Today, the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit will move completely into winter preparedness mode. While some CAL Fire engines will be available through winter, the transition allows the agency to release seasonal firefighters, reduce staffing on fire engines and close remote wildland fire stations.
Burning is currently allowed 24 hours a day on "Permissive Burn Days," as established by the Air Pollution Control District. Beginning Monday, CAL Fire burn permits will no longer be required until around May 1st.
Landowners may be liable if the burn pile escapes out of control. It is important to remain in attendance, keep a water supply close to the burning site, and refrain from burning on windy days.
Burn day designations are based on burn day information for Tuolumne County. Tuolumne and Calaveras counties frequently coincide in their designations concerning permissive burn days. To be certain whether burning is permitted in your area, call the appropriate phone number listed below.
State law prohibits the use of burn barrels. Some landowners and businesses are required to have a burn permit. Burning within the Sonora city limits requires a permit. Violating the rules is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine, jail or both.
- Calaveras County residents - (209) 754-6600
- Tuolumne County residents - (209) 533-5598
- Amador County Burn Day hot line - (209) 223-6246
Burn permits required starting May 1st 2010 by Cal Fire
Permits available during business hours Monday through Friday at the following locations:
- Cal Fire Headquarters, 785 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas
- Twain Harte FFS, 22978 Meadow Drive, Twain Harte
- Station 51, 1950 Hillsdale Drive, Mono Village
- Station 76, 18249 4th Ave., Jamestown
- Blanchard FFS, 2990 Highway 132, La Grange.
Permit terms limit burn pile size to a maximum of 4 feet by 4 feet in diameter with 10 feet around the outer edge of the debris pile free and clear of all flammable material and vegetation.