CalFire residential burn permits are required beginning Tuesday May 1st. These permits are issued to the public FREE of charge, are valid for three years from the date of issuance and allows for the burning of dry landscape vegetation (NOT household trash) that originates from the landowners’ property. You can pick up your FREE residential burn permit at most of the local or CalFire staffed fire stations.
Burn day information is always available and updated daily on the:
Or by telephone:
Western El Dorado County
(530) 621-5897 or
(530) 621-5842 or
In El Dorado County, outdoor burning is limited to the burning of dry vegetation, originating from the property on which it is burned. The "Burn Day / No Burn Day" requirements only apply to
outdoor burning in El Dorado County. If your burn pile exceeds 4 feet by 4 feet, a free Burn Permit is required from the Air District (application link below).
A burn permit may also be required by your local fire agency or CalFIRE. Check with your local fire district if your pile is smaller than 4 x 4 (Fire District Map and contact links below)
Currently, there are no restrictions on burning in fireplaces, woodstoves, and pellet stoves within El Dorado County except to burn ONLY dry wood or pellets. BURN BARRELS ARE PROHIBITED. (View the Air Toxic Control Measure banning burn barrels statewide here.)
In conjunction with the local fire districts, the Calif. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and the Air Resource Board, the Air Quality Management District regulates "burn" and "no burn" days. Please check to make sure today is a burn day before you burn .
Burn Permit Application
How is the Burn or No-Burn Day Status Determined and Announced 2018.pdf
LEARN BEFORE YOU BURN - 1 page tip sheet
Backyard Household Waste Burning - ARB
Open Burning Rule 300
Wood Burning Handbook
Allowed Burn Materials
Cal Fire Burn Safety Video