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Residential Burn Permits

As of May 1, 2021, CAL FIRE is requiring residential burn permits. Burn permits are now issued ONLINE! The permit allows for burning of dry vegetation (NOT household trash) that originates on the landowners property. Violations of any burning permit terms are a violation of state law (Public Resource Cods 4421, 4422, 4423, and 4425).

Nevada County Consolidated Fire District will NOT be issuing burn permits at any of its locations.

Please click here to obtain a burn permit on-line.

Below is the press release from CAL FIRE:



  • Make sure your pile(s) are no larger than four feet by four feet in diameter.
May contain: person and human
  • Scrape a ten foot wide ring around each debris pile down to bare dirt.
  • Have a shovel and water supply (charged hose) close by to use in the event your fire escapes from the pile.
  • Make sure an adult is in attendance until the pile is completely extinguished.
  • No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (partcularly wind) are such that burning can be considered safe.
  • You may only burn on “Permissive Burn Days” so make sure to call your local Air Quality Management District immediately prior to lighting your pile(s).

Western Nevada County (530)274-7938

Eastern Nevada County (530)582-1027

Air Quality Burn Day Status

  • During certain times of the year, when fire danger is high, residential debris burning of dead vegetation is unsafe and burn restrictions go into place. These restrictions are usually lifted in the winter months however, homeowners should always check with their local Air Quality Management District before burning. For more information on debris burning safety, download an educational fact sheet

Info about Red Flag Warnings & Fire Weather Watches

Info about local Air Quality Control


If you have any questions or concerns regarding Air Quality, please contact (530)274-9360.