Only vegetation originating on the premises and reasonably free of dirt, soil, and visible surface moisture can be burned. The burning of poison oak (toxicodendron diversilobum) or oleander (nerium oleander) may be subject to additional permit conditions. You cannot move material from one location to another location for burning.
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It is the use of open outdoor fires for the disposal of vegetation grown on property being developed for commercial or residential purposes.
An air district burn permit is required for land development burning. An air district burn permit is only issued for vegetation removed for residential development purposes from the property of a single or two family dwelling or when the burn permit applicant has provided a demonstration. A demonstration needs to be made that there is no practical alternative that can be used in lieu of burning to dispose of the vegetation. In addition to other information provided in the application, the demonstration shall include a discussion of the availability and feasibility of the alternatives to open burning, including:
Fire Agency Burn Permits may also be required. Contact your local fire agency for further information.
These are some of the materials which are illegal to burn. Smoke from burning them can contain harmful chemicals, which may cause illness.
View more information on alternatives to burning.
All material must be dry and reasonably free from dirt, soil, and surface moisture. Burning dry material takes less effort, creates less smoke, and may not cause a nuisance or complaints.
Only material that amount of vegetation that can be reasonably expected to burn before the next day. Before it rains, prevent your material from getting wet by covering it with a tarp. If you pile is wet, let it dry a few days. Burn in a manner to prevent excessive smoke. Excessive smoke is that which causes a nuisance.
Vegetation shall be stacked in such a manner to promote drying and ensure combustion with a minimum amount of smoke. Burning shall be curtailed when smoke is drifting into a nearby populated area or when it is or may become a nuisance or hazard. Vegetation to be burned should be ignited as practicable with applicable fire control restrictions.
Vegetation or stumps greater than 12 inches in diameter shall not be burned unless they are split smaller than 12 inches in diameter and are free from dirt. The drying time for vegetation greater than 6 inches applies.
All burning must take place on a burn day. All Federal Holidays are no burn days. For Burn Day information, please call:
Contact the Placer County Air Pollution Control District.