Burn permits required May 1

Effective Monday, May 1, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Lassen-Modoc Unit will require dooryard burning permits for residential burning within Lassen, Modoc and Plumas Counties. Burn Permits are available online only at burnpermit.fire.ca.gov.

Property owners can access this website to obtain a burn permit, free of charge, by watching a short educational video and submitting an application. Permits must be printed, signed, and on hand while burning or immediately available for inspection upon request in an electronic format. The information contained on the permit states the terms the permittee is required to abide by to help ensure a safe debris burn while minimizing the chance for fire escapes. Permits are valid from May 1 of the current year through April 30 of the following year.

Burning can only be done on permissive burn days and within permissive burn hours as determined by the local Air Pollution Control District. To find out if it is a permissive burn day or if burning is limited to specific hours, contact your local Air Pollution Control District).

Contact numbers

  • Lassen County (530) 257-2876 or 257-BURN
  • Modoc County (530) 233-3436
  • Plumas County, Quincy, Greenville, Chester (530) 258-2588

Possession of a permit does not protect you if your burn escapes. You may be held criminally and/or civilly liable.

Immediately report uncontrolled burn pile escapes by dialing 911.

The unit chief will implement a burn ban when weather conditions warrant. Changing conditions may necessitate an early burn suspension.

Stay informed about burn restrictions by following CalFire on social media: Facebook: @CALFIRELMU or Twitter: @CALFIRELMU.