Burn Restrictions

*NEWS RELEASE* TRUCKEE AREA CAMPFIRE BAN NEWS RELEASE (Effective as of June 17th, 2019): Learn more

*NEWS RELEASE* CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE - June, 2019: Outdoor Residential Burning has been suspended in Nevada, Yuba, Placer, and Sierra Counties as of June 17th, 2019"

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

Burn Permits


Burn permits are now available online and issued to the public FREE of charge! The permit allows for the 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 Codes 4421, 4422, 4423 and 4425)

“It is imperative that landowners follow all requirements listed on the burn permit,” said the CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief. “If a fire escapes their control, they can be issued a citation and be held liable for suppression costs and damages.”

You may still pick up your FREE residential burn permit at the following locations within the Truckee Fire Protection District:

Burn Guidelines

  • Make sure your pile(s) are no larger than four feet by four feet in diameter.

  • 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: 530.274.7928

    • Eastern Nevada County: 530.582.1027

    • Placer County: 530.745.2330


Project Burn Permits

Project Burn Permits within the Truckee Fire Protection District may be obtained after an on-site inspection by one of our District Fire Inspectors. An inspection may be scheduled by contacting prevention@truckeefire.org

For burn locations outside of the Truckee Fire Protection District Boundary, Project Burn Permits can be obtained by contacting CAL FIRE at 530.582.9471, or the U.S. Forest Service at 530.587.3558.


To eliminate the chance of a fire spreading, to reduce pollutants from the air, or if health reasons prevent you from burning, here are other ways to dispose of yard waste.