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Campfire Permits are required for open fires, such as campfire, barbecues and portable stoves on federally controlled lands and private lands that are the property of another person.

On private lands, written permission from the landowner is also required for campfire use.

Get your California Campfire Permit quickly and easily online - See more at: http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/#sthash.bR1ClIyl.dpuf

Burn Permits

Burn Permits are required by State law from typically May 1st through the offical beginninig of fire season, typlically July 1st, and again after the fire season has ended in the fall until the first series rainy storms, typically in November. CAL FIRE determines and publicizes the actual dates. No outddoor burning is allowed (with some special exceptions) during the fire season.

These permits are required to ensure those burning are familar with the requirements of safely burning vegetative debris. See the information below for details for residential burning.

Obtain a Burn Permit from your local Higgins Fire Stations 21 or 23, or any CAL FIRE station.

What is residential burning?

Legal residential burning is the disposal of dry vegetation by outdoor burning, in a pile, on the property of a one or two family dwelling where the vegetation originated or is grown. The vegetation must be sufficiently dry (3 – 6 weeks dry time) so as to minimize smoke emissions. Burning is allowed only on permissive burn days.

Who decides whether or not it’s a burn day?

The local Air Quality Control District makes the decision, each day, whether or not it is a burn day. Burn hours are “daylight hours only” to minimize smoke complaints due to nighttime inversions. Before burning check Burn Day Info or call (530) 268-1023 to find out burn day status and specific times of burning.

From May 1st until the suspension of burning for the summer fire season, you will need a burn permit from CAL FIRE (formerly CDF). You may obtain a permit from HFD’s HQ office at Station 21, 10106 Combie Road, corner of Hwy 49.

Requirements to burn -

The following are burn permit requirements for burning debris. By following these requirements you will have a better chance to avoid the consequences of an escaped debris pile fire.

  • No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly wind) are such that burning can be considered safe
  • Maximum pile size 4 foot high by 4 foot diameter
  • Area within 10 feet of the outer edge of pile is maintained free and clear of all flammable material and vegetation
  • A responsible adult must be in attendance with a shovel until fire is completly dead out
  • Keep a water supply (such as a charged garden hose) close to the burning site to keep the perimeter wet and to extinguish the fire

If you are in violation of the terms of your permit and your fire escapes, you could be held responsible for suppression cost and damages to another person’s property as well as being issued a citation.

What Cannot Be Burned?

Only vegetative materials can be burned. Some materials that CANNOT be burned are:

  • Lawnclippings
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Household garbage
  • Painted or stained wood or lumber
  • Plywood, particleboard, MDF or OSB
  • Roofing materials
  • Tar paper
  • Construction and demolition debris
  • Furniture and clothing
  • Diapers and plastics
  • Paint, paint cans or containers
  • Glass bottles and cans

Alternatives to Burning

Before you consider burning, attempt a clean approach:

  • Leaves or pine needles - Compost or greenwaste pickup
  • Paper or cardboard - Recycle
  • Branches smaller than 2” - Chip or greenwaste pickup
  • Branches larger than 2” - Use for firewood

Try Alternatives First

Composting

  • Reduces smoke pollution
  • Creates rich, fertile soils
  • Reduces landfill waste
  • Easy and effective way to dispose of leaves and pine needles

For more information on composting call the Nevada County Master Composters program at (530) 273-0919.

Chipping/Shredding

  • An effective treatment of limbs, branches, leaves, pine needles and vegetation
  • Creates valuable landscaping material used for mulch and weed suppression
  • Chipping/shredding service may be free in some areas*

*The Nevada County Fire Safe Council has a free Chipping and Shredding Program in Western Nevada County. Call (530) 272-1122.

Greenwaste Pickup

Waste Management of Nevada County offers a very affordable greenwaste pickup program. Contact Waste Management at (530) 274-3081 for details.

For More Information Links

California Air Resources

CAL FIRE

Nevada County Fire Safe Council

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Campfire Permits Online

Required for open fires, such as campfires, barbeques and portable stoves on federally lands and private lands that are the property of another person. On private lands, writen permission from the landowner is also required for camfire use.

Permits are subject to restriction by local authorities. The need for restrictions is reviewed almost daily during the summer months and permits may even be suspended without advance notice. Permittees must check with local authorities each time they go out to an area.

Permits are available at most Cal FIRE, U.S. Forest Service (USFS), National Park Service (NPS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offices.

Or get your California Campfire Permit quickly and easily online HERE.

Remember to:

  1. Check local restrictions
  2. Choose a safe location and be especially cautious under windy and low humidity conditions
  3. Clear a minimum of 10 feet around your fire
  4. Have a responsible adult in attendtance with a water supply, if possible
  5. Extinguish your fire with the "Drown, Stir and Feel" Method
Campfire Permits are required for open fires, such as campfire, barbecues and portable stoves on federally controlled lands and private lands that are the property of another person. - See more at: http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/#sthash.bR1ClIyl.dpuf
Campfire Permits are required for open fires, such as campfire, barbecues and portable stoves on federally controlled lands and private lands that are the property of another person.

On private lands, written permission from the landowner is also required for campfire use.

Get your California Campfire Permit quickly and easily online - See more at: http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/#sthash.bR1ClIyl.dpuf

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