As indicated in the Residential Open Burning section below, some cities and unincorporated communities may require pre-approved residential "fire agency" fire prevention burn permits obtained from local fire departments.
Residential "air pollution" Burn Permits are not required by the District at this time. However, residential burning of excessive accumulations or of an area exceeding two (2) acres will require a Special Burn Permit. Housing larger than a duplex is not considered residential; a special burn permit will be required.
Agricultural Burn Permits must be obtained for agricultural businesses.
Special Burn Permits are required for all other entities.
Residential Open Burning
Residential Open Burning Within CDF/USFS Jurisdiction
Residential Open Burning Within City Limits and
Residential Open Burning Outside of City
Limits and CDF
Agricultural Open Burning
Agricultural burning requires a burn permit. Burning may occur on any day that is a
permissive burn day. Prior to burning, contact the Air District to verify it is a
permissive burn day, receive an acreage allocation, and determine burn requirements and
burn hours. Failure to do so may result in a fine.
Special Open Burning
Special burn permit holders may burn on any day that is a permissive burn day so long as the agricultural burning acreage allocation has not been used up. Contact the District at 530-634-7659 ext. 201 to obtain a special burn permit. Instructions for burning will be provided on the permit. Always contact the District before burning to verify that it has been declared a permissive burn day and to report the details of your burn. Failure to do so may result in a fine. Always call the local fire agency to inform them you are burning and to determine if there are additional burning requirements or restrictions.
USFS and CDF Areas of Yuba County
USFS and CDF seasonal burn permits are required in the Yuba County foothills during dry fire hazard months, typically starting in May and extending into October. Contact your local forestry office for more information. Burn permits may be suspended (burn ban) when high fire hazard conditions exist.
Yuba County Burning Above the 3,000' Elevation
Under most conditions, agricultural and forest management burning in Yuba County above the inversion layer (typically near 2,500 to 3,000 feet elevation) may be granted a permissive burn day on days when burning at lower elevations may be denied. Atmospheric dispersion factors typically improve above 2,500 feet because it is above the valley's inversion layer; a layer of warmer air residing over the valley like a blanket trapping pollutants below and impeding their escape. Therefore, pollutants generated from the burn should be properly dispersed and should not collect in the Sacramento Valley Air Basin adding to the valley's pollution burden.
Call before burning to ensure it is a permissive burn day, then, verify with your local fire agency that it is safe to burn.
Fire Department Training Burns
You may donate your house, barn, or other structure to the local fire department for fire training. You are responsible for ensuring that the structure is stripped of all illegal burn materials excluding structural lumber, painted wood surfaces and laminated wood cabinetry. A Special Burn Permit is required and the structure must be inspected by a California certified asbestos technician to ensure asbestos-containing materials are absent or properly removed prior to burning. Contact your local fire department for additional information. Fire departments may contact the District for information and a list of available certified asbestos technicians. Fire agencies should review this ARB document regarding asbestos and fire training burns.