General Contact Number: (530) 621-5567

Air Quality Management District


Burn day information is always available and updated daily on the:

AQMD Facebook,

AQMD Twitter,

Or by telephone:

Western El Dorado County (530) 621-5897 or (866) 621-5897

Lake Tahoe (530) 621-5842 or (888) 332-2876

Outdoor Burning

In El Dorado County, outdoor burning is limited to the burning of dry vegetation, originating from the property on which it is burned. It is illegal to burn lumber and garbage. 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). If you burn outside the CalFire SRA area, a burn permit may be required by your local fire agency, if in doubt, please contact your local fire agency. (Fire District Map and contact links below).

There are no restrictions on burning in fireplaces, woodstoves, and pellet stoves within El Dorado County.  Please burn only dry seasoned firewood or pellets.  BURN BARRELS ARE PROHIBITED.  (View the Air Toxic Control Measure banning burn barrels statewide.)

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 Violators Online Training Course

Other Information & Links

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