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Burn Permits Required April 18, 2022

Burn Pile Safety

Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE:

Effective 8:00 a.m. Monday, April 18, 2022, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (NEU) will require burn permits for residential burning within Nevada, Yuba, and Placer Counties.

Residents wishing to burn MUST verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning. For burn day information contact your local Air Pollution Control District (APCD) or Air Quality Management District (AQMD):

Nevada County- Northern Sierra AQMD 
(530) 274-7928 or (530) 582-1027 or visit

Placer County- Placer County APCD
Auburn area (including all cellphone users): 530-889-6868. Outside Auburn, toll-free: 800-998-BURN (2876). Placer's burn day website:

Yuba County- Feather River AQMD 
(530) 741-6299

All burn permits are issued annually and may be obtained online at or from your local CAL FIRE Station. Permits are issued free of charge.

Pile Burning Requirements

  • Only dry, vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned.
  • The burning of trash, painted wood or other debris is not allowed.
  • Do NOT burn on windy days.
  • Piles should be no larger than four feet in diameter and in height. You can add to pile as it burns down.
  • Clear 10-foot down to bare soil around your piles.
  • Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
  • An adult is required to be always in attendance of the fire.

Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, Federal, and Local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health and resiliency on private and public lands.

- California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit

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