During certain times of the year residential landscape debris burning of dead vegetation is allowed. However, homeowners should always check with their local CAL FIRE station and local air quality management agency before burning. In many area burn permits may be required. For more information on debris burning safety download an educational fact sheet.
To find out if it is a permissive burn day in your area, contact your local air quality district. Contact information may be found at the State Air Resources Board website.
•CALFIRE Headquarters, 785 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas (closed from noon to 1PM)
•Twain Harte FFS, 22978 Meadow Drive, Twain Harte
•Station 51, 1950 Hillsdale Drive, Mono Village, Sonora
•Groveland CSD, 18930 Highway 120, Groveland
•Ebbetts Pass FPD, 1037 Blagen Road, Arnold
Below are Cal Fire's requirements for debris burns:
- Burn permit terms include limiting pile size to a maximum of four feet by four feet (four feet in diameter, and four feet high) and clearing down to bare mineral soil 10 feet from the outer edges of burn piles.
- Burn hours will remain open. Weather conditions will be monitored daily and when conditions warrant, burn hours will be restricted or burning will be suspended.
- Outdoor burning may be done ONLY on permissive burn days. Remember burn day status is determined on the basis of air quality: how quickly smoke will disperse. Therefore, many permissible burn days are very windy.
"Even if it is a permissible burn day never burn on windy days. Remain in attendance of your burn project and have tools and water close by in order to suppress any escape from your burning operation," says CAL FIRE Acting Unit Chief Steve Lawshe.
CAL FIRE officials said they have already seen an early increase in fire activity. Since the beginning of the year, CAL FIRE has responded to more than 680 wildfires, which is more than 200 over the average for this time of year.
CAL FIRE said due to the low rainfall levels across the state from January to April, this year is likely to go down as one of the driest ever.
The state Department of Water Resources in its late March survey found that snowpack is just 52 percent of average statewide.
CAL FIRE also urges residents to create and maintain 100 feet of defensible space around all structures as required by law.