Cal Fire says open burning is allowed without a permit

Cal Fire’s Lassen Modoc Unit issued a statement today that open burning without a permit is allowed.

According to the statement, the Cal Fire Lassen Modoc Unit transitioned out of peak fire season Monday, Dec. 21.

“This means,” according to the statement, “if you live in state responsibility areas within Lassen, Modoc or Plumas counties, you may burn without a permit after contacting your air pollution control district to ensure it is a permissive burn day.”

To find out if it’s a permissive burn day, call your APCD at:

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

“You are responsible for maintaining control of your fire and must be in attendance while burning,” according to the statement. “Anyone allowing a fire to escape their control can be held criminally and civilly responsible.”

Unit Chief Scott Packwood encourages residents to take advantage of winter months to reduce the fuels around their homes and property.

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For more information, call 257-4171.