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In El Dorado County, outdoor burning is limited to the burning of dry vegetation, originating from the property on which it is burned. It is illegal to burn lumber and garbage. The "Burn Day / No Burn Day" requirements only apply to outdoor burning in El Dorado County.
If your burn pile exceeds 4 feet by 4 feet, a free Burn Permit is required from the Air District (application link below). If you burn outside the Cal Fire SRA area, a burn permit may be required by your local fire agency, if in doubt, please contact your local fire agency. (SRA Map, Fire District Map and contact links below).
There are no restrictions on burning in fireplaces, woodstoves, and pellet stoves within El Dorado County. Please burn only dry seasoned firewood or pellets. BURN BARRELS ARE PROHIBITED. (View the Air Toxic Control Measure banning burn barrels statewide.)
In conjunction with the local fire districts, the Calif. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and the Air Resource Board, the Air Quality Management District regulates "burn" and "no burn" days. Please check to make sure today is a burn day before you burn .
Online Air District Burn Permit Application - (Not required if burn pile is 4'x4' or less)
Online Cal Fire Burn Permit Application (for residential piles not exceeding 4'x4' - will be REQUIRED by Cal Fire starting May 1, 2023 until the end of burn season). RESIDENTS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE STATE RESPONSIBILTY AREA, INCLUDING THE CITY LIMITS OF PLACERVILLE, CANNOT OBTAIN A BURN PERMIT USING THE CAL FIRE SYSTEM - YOU MUST VISIT A LOCAL FIRE STATION FOR A BURN PERMIT WHEN REQUIRED.
Alternatives to Burning Backyard Vegetation
How is the Burn or No-Burn Day Status Determined and Announced
LEARN BEFORE YOU BURN - 1 page tip sheet
Backyard Household Waste Burning - ARB
Open Burning Rule 300
Wood Burning Handbook
Allowed Burn Materials
Cal Fire Burn Safety Video