Wednesday, April 29, 2020

CAL FIRE: Residential Burn Permits Required May 1st

CAMINO, CA – Residential burn permits will be required beginning Friday, May 1st

These permits are available to the public FREE of charge, and allow for the burning of dry landscape
vegetation (NOT household trash) that originates from the landowner’s property.

“Escaped residential burn piles continue to be a leading cause of wildland fires. Exercise
extreme caution wile burning landscape debris,” says Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief, Scott

The use of a burn barrel is illegal in Amador and El Dorado counties. For tips on residential
landscape debris burning safety or 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 dooryard 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. If an online permit is not an option
and you reside in the Amador-El Dorado Unit service area, call (530) 708-2701 for assistance.

Due to social distancing guidelines, we ask that you do not attempt to obtain a permit in person.
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.

Alpine County (760) 872-8211 ext. 240
Amador County (209) 223-6246
El Dorado County (530) 621-5897
Sacramento County (916) 874-4800
Alpine County (760) 872-8211 ext. 240
South Lake Tahoe (530) 621-5842, (888) 332-2876

For alternatives to burning your piles, please contact the Amador Fire Safe Council at or the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council at for
details on available programs.

Ensure that piles from landscape debris are no larger than 4-ft. in diameter, have a 10-ft.
clearance to bare soil around the burn pile and that a responsible adult attends all times with a
water source and a shovel.

For more information on how you can protect your family, home and property by creating and
maintaining defensible space visit

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