Open Burning

Open burning in Yuba and Sutter Counties must be done in accordance with the FRAQMD Regulation II - Open Burning.  This Regulation applies to both Agricultural, Non-Agricultural, and Residential Open Burning.

 If you have any questions on the open burning program please contact Judy Harlow at (530) 634-7659 extension 207. 

The following open burning informational handouts are available:

AG burn Sutter.pdfAG burn Yuba.pdfAG burn Yuba & Sutter Paper Chemical Sacks.pdfResidential Burn CDF-USFS.pdfResidential Burn.pdf


The Burn Zone Maps for Sutter and Yuba County will be used to communicate burn day status.  The Burn Zone should be listed on all agricultural burn permits.

Sutter County Burn Zones
Yuba County Burn Zones



Agricultural Open Burning

In order to conduct agricultural open burning, you must first obtain a Burn Permit.  Burn Permits can be obtained from the FRAQMD office.  Once you have a valid Burn Permit you must call FRAQMD at 530-634-7659 ext 201 to obtain the daily Burn Day Status and log the burn.  The daily Burn Day Status is uploaded to this website as a courtesy; however the official status is obtained by phone..  


Residential Open Burning

Residential open burning may be allowed depending on the location of the property.  For valley floor locations, residential burn days are Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.  For Calfire and USFS jursidictions (Burn Zone 4 Yuba County), and Sutter Butte locations (Burn Zone 7 Sutter County), there are seasonal burn bans that may also be in effect.  Please check the Burn Day Status page to see if the burn ban is in effect.  Refer to the maps above to determine your Burn Zone.


Non-Agricultural Open Burning

Under certain instances like disease prevention, fire training, disposal of Russian Thistle, and other special circumstances a non-agricultural burn permit may be required. Contact the FRAQMD if you have questions on non-agricultural open burning.