Burn Info


  • Residential Burn Permits are issued for a period of three years to residents who have a dwelling (house) on their property.
  • Residents may only burn vegetation (leaves, tree branches limbs, brush, etc.) that originate from their property in 4 x 4 foot piles.
  • Residential Burn Permits are only valid on days considered to be “Permissive Burn Days” by the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District pursuant to Section 39298 of the Health & Safety Code.
  • Burn Permits are required May 1st until the Cal Fire Director declares that hazardous conditions have abated for the year.
  • Permit is VOID during “Suspension of Burning” by the Director of The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection VIOLATIONS OF ANY BURNING PERMIT TERMS ARE A VIOLATION OF STATE LAW (Public Resources Code 4421) or The El Dorado County Air Quality Management District. Suspension of Burn Permits generally occurs when fire conditions are elevated to a level that residential burning is no longer safe.

Burning Safely

  • Burn in 4 x 4 piles
  • Call the Burn Day Information Hotline at 530-621-5897 Before Burning.
  • Maintain an area within 10 feet of the outer edge of your pile free and clear of all flammable material & vegetation.
  • A responsible Adult with a water supply and shovel for extinguishing the burn pile must be in attendance when burning.
  • The burn pile must be extinguished before it may be left unattended.

Other Types of Permits

  • Air District Burning Permit – LE-5 – Required for landowners who burn larger than 4 x 4 burn piles or who burn on vacant land. Issued by the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District.
  • Campfire Permit – LE-63 – Required for individuals that camp outside of improved campgrounds. Issued by the California Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (CWCG)

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