Residential Burn Permits

Residential Burning is permitted between the hours of 9am to 3pm only on permissive burn days. Contact the Lake County Air Quality Management District if you have any questions at 707-263-7000. Do not burn unless clearance and weather conditions are fire safe. Material should be burned down to embers and not releasing significant amounts of smoke by 3pm.
It is illegal to burn: tree stumps, poison oak, oleander, demolition and construction debris, treated or painted wood, plastics, tires, rubber, and garbage. Only dry vegetation less than 6” diameter grown on the property may be burned. Burn piles must be reasonably free of dirt, soil, and moisture. You are responsible for ensuring that your fire is free of illegal materials.
Your burn pile should be less than 4 ft., and in no case larger than 8 ft. diameter. All material to be burned shall be arranged, ignited and managed so that it will burn with a minimum of smoke. Leaves smoldering or burning without a visible flame shall be extinguished.
Vegetation shall be dried as follows:
1. Vines and brush: thirty (30) days
2. Prunings and smaller branches: fifteen (15) days
Maintain a fire safe clear area of lOft around the burn and lOOft from any structure. A shovel and water must be available at all times. The fire must be attended by an adult until it is out. Burn permit must be on site when burning.
Be aware of and manage smoke from your burn. You are responsible for nuisance and health effects upon others and may be responsible for costs of medical treatment, property damage, and fire suppression, as well as fines. Many of the elderly and young children are especially sensitive to smoke.
Please consider alternative vegetation disposal methods such as mowing, discing, rototilling, composting,
or chipping.

Lake County Fire Safe Council Chipper:279-2968
South Lake Fire Safe Council Chipper: 928-5232
Composting Hotline: 263-1980
Master Gardeners: 263-6838
Refuse Service & Green Waste Pickup Information:
Lake County Waste Solutions 263-7682
South Lake Disposal 994-8613
Läkeport Disposal 263-6080

One or two family residences only
Minimum 1 .0 acre lot of record to burn
All burns must be at least 100 feet from nearest neighboring residence
Burn barrels are illegal

1. The permit is issued to the applicant and is valid for residential vegetation waste burning on a one or two-family dwelling parcel of 1.0 acre or more at the location described above on designated burn days and hours only.
2. The burn shall not be located in a public road or public roadway ditch. This permit is not valid where locally prohibited.
3. Burning at multi-family residential locations, resorts, trailer parks, and all commercial and industrial sites is illegal.
4. All burning done in accordance with this permit must be carried out in the presence of an able-bodied, responsible adult
who shall remain in charge of the burn until material to be burned is completely consumed.
5. All burning is to be confined within a cleared firebreak, adequate to prevent it from escaping control.
6. A water supply capable of extinguishing the fire shall be available at the burn site. This permit must be on site during burn.
7. This permit is valid only for burning dry vegetation that was grown on this property.
8. Small amounts of clean, dry, non-glossy paper and cardboard may be used to ignite pile.
9. Material to be burned shall be free of illegal materials including but not limited to: poison oak, oleander, treated or painted wood, rubber, plastics, tarpaper, construction or demolition debris, metal, and materials producing toxic smoke.
10. Vegetation must be dried and free of dirt. No green or wet vegetation may be burned. See back side for required drying times.
11. This permit is suspended on no burn days and at all times of critical fire conditions as declared by the State Forester, CalFire, by proclamation of the Governor, the Lake County Board of Supervisors, or Fire Chief.
12. Any violation of the terms and conditions of this permit renders this permit void.
13. No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly the wind) are such that burning can be considered safe and smoke does not cause harm or damage to adjacent persons or property.
14. Lake County AQMD or Designated Fire Agencies shall have free access of entry for the purposes of inspection, monitoring or securing samples for the purpose of determining compliance with this permit.
15. Burn must be managed to minimize smoke and conducted to avoid smoke impacts to neighbors.
16. Burn pile must be located a minimum of 100 feet from any structures and any adjacent residences.
17. Pile size should be less than 4 feet diameter, and in no case larger than 8 feet diameter.
18. Burning shall be confined to 9am through 3pm on permissive burn days.
19. Call: North County at 263-3121 or South County at 994-4444 for burn day status prior to igniting fire.