Burn permits required May 1

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Lassen-Modoc Unit announces it will require dooryard burning permits for residential burning within Lassen, Modoc and Plumas counties effective Friday, May 1.

Burn permits are now available online at burnpermit.fire.ca.gov. If you don’t have access to the Internet, you can obtain a permit from any Cal Fire station.

Cal Fire burn permits are only for residents who live within the State Responsibility Area or where Cal Fire has jurisdictional authority. For information and permits required outside the SRA/Cal Fire jurisdiction, contact your local city or county fire authority.

Burning permits are required from May 1 to midnight June 30 for all residential burning on State Responsibility Area lands.

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Burning can only be done on permissive burn days. To find out if it is a permissive burn day, contact your local Air Pollution Control District:

  • Lassen County – 257-2876 or 257-BURN.
  • Modoc County – 233-3436.
  • Plumas County – Portola,832-4528, Quincy, 283-3602, Greenville, 284-6520 and Chester, 258-2588.

The unit chief will implement a burn ban when weather conditions warrant, but no later than June 30.

Only natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned. Household garbage may not be burned. Do not burn on windy days. You cannot burn in a burn barrel unless you have received authorization from your APCD. Burning can only be done during permissive times.

Burn hours for Lassen, Modoc and Plumas counties are May 1 through June 30, open hours.

You must have a signed permit in your possession while you are burning and you are responsible for always maintaining control of your fire.

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Possession of a permit does not protect you if your burn escapes. You are still liable for any suppression costs. If a burn escapes your control, you should seek help immediately. Wildfires can spread very quickly. A fast response from the fire department can reduce suppression cost considerably. Remember, you may be billed for suppression costs, so the sooner you seek help the better the outcome may be.

Simple common sense can greatly reduce the chance of an escape. If you don’t feel it’s safe to conduct a burn, then don’t.

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