During certain times of the year, when fire danger is high, residential debris burning of dead vegetation is unsafe. However, homeowners should always check with their local CAL FIRE station and local air quality management agency before burning. 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 Pollution Control District. Contact information may be found at the State Air Resources Board website.
To eliminate the chance of a fire spreading, to reduce pollutants from the air, or if health reasons prevent you from burning, here are other ways to dispose of yard waste.
- Curbside Pickup
- Greenwaste Facility (many landfills have reduced rates for green waste)
- Biomass Energy Facility (CA State Map)
For burning debris in small 4-feet x 4-feet piles:
- Maximum pile size 4 foot in diameter.
- Clear all flammable material and vegetation within 10-feet of the outer
edge of pile and down to the bare earth.
- Keep a water supply close to the burning site.
- An adult should be in attendance with a shovel until the fire is out.
- No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly
wind) are such that burning can be considered safe.
No household trash or garbage can be burned outdoors at residences. Burn permits are only valid on “Permissive Burn Days” as determined by the State Air Resources Board or the local Air Pollution Control District (APCD).
DETERMINE IF YOUR PROPERTY IS WITHIN THE STATE RESPONSIBILITY AREA (SRA)
This data viewer is provided as a service to assist landowners in determining if their property may fall within State Responsibility Area (SRA). SRA boundaries are those adopted by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection in January 2011, updated to reflect changes as of July 1, 2016. They are the official boundaries recognized by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to define the areas where CAL FIRE has financial responsibility for fire suppression and prevention.
By accessing this data, you agree to the following terms and conditions: The data and map provided show an estimated location by physical address. The State of California, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, nor any of their employees, contractors, or subcontractors, make no claims, promises, guarantees, representations or warranties, express or implied, nor assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, adequacy, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, nor represent that its use would not infringe on privately owned rights. This data viewer is provided as a service to assist landowners in determining if their property may fall within State Responsibility Area (SRA).
IMPORTANT: CAL FIRE Burn Permits are only for within the State Responsibility Area (SRA), or where CAL FIRE has jurisdictional authority. For information and permits required outside the SRA / CAL FIRE jurisdiction, contact your local City/County fire authority. If the status in your county is marked as "Burning Allowed", you still must confirm that it is a permissive burn day with your local air quality management agency. The contact phone numbers will appear on your permit.
Violations Of Any Burning Permit Terms Are A Violation Of State Law (Public Resources Code 4421, 4422, 4423 And 4425).