Auburn-– Effective at 6:00 A.M. on Thursday, November 3, 2022, CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (NEU) Unit Chief Brian Estes is formally lifting the burn suspension in the NEU State Responsibility Areas.

Those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Agriculture burns must be inspected by CAL FIRE prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season.

Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture burns. This can be verified by contacting your local Air Quality Management District.

For tips on residential landscape debris burning safety and other fire and life safety topics, please visit the CAL FIRE website at .

To acquire a permit, applicants may access the website at Watch the mandatory video which reviews burning requirements and safety tips, fill in the required fields, submit the form and a residential burn permit will be created. The applicant must then print and sign the permit.

Permits are valid for the calendar year in which they are issued and must be reissued annually on or after January 1st of each year.

Contact your local Air Quality Management District to determine what permit requirements or burning restrictions apply in your area and ALWAYS call to ensure burn day status.

Residents wishing to burn MUST verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning by contacting:

  • Nevada & Sierra Counties – Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District. Northern Sierra’s burn day website:

Western Nevada County: (530) 274-7928

Eastern Nevada County: (530) 582-1027

Western Sierra County: (530) 289-3662

Eastern Sierra County: (530) 994-3561

  • Yuba County – Feather River Air Quality Management District: (530) 741-6299 Agricultural Burn number is 530-701-7462

    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
    • Clear 10-foot around your piles down to bare soil
    • Have a shovel and a water source nearby
    • An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire always

    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 on private and public lands.