: CAL FIRE Burn Permits

Apply Online, Burn Safely: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Hazard Reduction Burning

  1. Plan

    During certain times of the year, when fire danger is high, residential hazard reduction of dead vegetation is unsafe. Learn about alternatives to burning and understand all requirements before you apply. You must verify that burning is currently allowed in your county and that it is a permissive burn day. Appropriate contact information will be provided with your permit. 


    Learn Before You Burn
  2. Verify

    Enter your address on this map to confirm that you are within the State Responsibility Area. CAL FIRE Permits are only valid for SRA residents or where CAL FIRE has jurisdiction. Once you've confirmed you are within CAL FIRE's jurisdiction, return to this page to continue your application. 


    Check Your Eligibility
  3. Apply

    Once you've planned your burn and verified that your burn meets all local regulations, complete the Residential Burn permit application process through our application website. Provide all required information, watch a short safety video, agree to follow safety rules, and your permit, if approved, will be emailed to you. If you have not received notification from CAL FIRE within three days of submission or have any questions, please submit a Help Desk ticket.


Burn Permit Options

This permit is intended for the disposal of the combustible or flammable vegetative material from a single- or two-family dwelling unit or residence by burning outdoors in small burn piles, no larger than 4 ft x 4 ft. Residential burning is not agricultural, including prescribed, burning.

Other burn permits (LE-5 and LE-7/8) include those for large pile burning, agricultural burns, incinerators, hazardous projects that could cause a fire (such as outdoor welding), and larger controlled applications of fire to the land for fuel reduction purposes. These permits are reviewed by Unit staff and might require a site inspection. 

Secure a campfire permit to enjoy responsible wilderness camping with a fire. Verify the allowed locations and adhere to safety guidelines to protect natural areas and prevent wildfire.


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CAL FIRE Burn Permits are only for within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) or where CAL FIRE has jurisdiction. 
For information and permits required outside the SRA / CAL FIRE jurisdiction, contact your local city/county fire authority and regional air district. 
Violations of any Burning Permit Terms are a violation of State Law.