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In Placer County, residential burning is allowed, in a burn pile, at a single or two family residences under specific conditions. All burning must be done in a pile as burn barrels/containers were eliminated in 2004.
Residential burning is defined as burning of dry vegetation originating from property, limited to the following natural vegetation (with no dirt):
The burning of lawn clippings is prohibited. Do not burn oleanders or poison oak as the smoke can be hazardous. Know what is in your burn pile as you are responsible if illegal materials are burned.
The Air District encourages the use of alternatives instead of burning. Using an alternative to burning can be an excellent way to dispose of the annual growth of vegetation and to also eliminate nuisance smoke.
Burning is allowed only on a permissive burn day and in those areas of Placer County that allow burning. For the Greater Auburn Area (within 12 miles) or for all cell phones, call 530-889-6868 or for all other areas of Placer County (land lines only), call 800-998-BURN (2876) toll-free.
It is the policy of the Air District that federal holidays are no burn days in Placer County. If you live next to a school, daycare, playground, ball field, etc, consider burning only when children or students are not present. On days when the fire danger is increased, the Air District works very closely with local fire officials to include their information in the burn day message.
An Air District Burn Permit is not required for residential burning, however a fire agency burn permit may be required. Contact your local fire agency before you burn at your residence to find out their requirements. Information on CAL FIRE's Burn Restrictions and Burn Permits can be found at their website.
Burning on or at a vacant lot, parcel or a business is not considered residential burning and requires a burn permit from the Air District, if not otherwise prohibited.
The following areas in Placer County have additional requirements with regards to burning.
The following cities and locations do not allow burning:
Many larger developments in Placer County have no burning through the land development process where burning has been restricted through Codes, Covenants, and Restrictions.
On January 1, 2004 the California Air Resources Board’s Toxic Control Measure-Outdoor Residential Waste Burning became effective. This measure prohibits the use of a burn barrel and the burning of cardboard and paper for disposal, however non-glossy cardboard and non-glossy paper can still be used to start a fire. The community of Iowa Hill was granted an exemption in Placer County and can continue to use their burn barrels and burn clean, dry non-glossy paper as there is no garbage service at this time.
These are some of the materials which are illegal to burn. Smoke from burning them can contain harmful chemicals, which may cause illness.
View the Proper Disposal of Deceased Animals and Waste (PDF).
Stumps or vegetation greater than 12 inches diameter, at the cut end, shall not be included in the burn unless they are split in half and free of dirt.