Cal Fire has the responsibility of issuing permits during the fire season, while it is the District's responsibility during the non-fire season.
The District does not require permits for open outdoor burning of allowable combustibles, at a residence, in a pile no larger than 4-ft high by 4-ft square. Cal Fire does require permits for residential burning during the fire season. Local fire departments and municipalities may also require permits seasonally or year-round. Burn-barrel use is restricted in defined areas, contact the District for details or view the map (58MB pdf) available in the Resource Center below. Residents, property managers, and home owners may burn more than a 4-ft high by 4-ft square pile of allowable combustibles from the premises by obtaining a non-agricultural burn permit.
Agricultural burning requires a permit from the District during the non-fire season and from Cal Fire or the United States Forest Service during the fire season. A request to conduct agricultural burning on a no-burn day may be granted by the District provided there will be no adverse impact to a smoke-sensitive area, and the applicant makes a written statement of immediate threat of substantial economic loss if not allowed to burn on that day.
Non-agricultural burning requires a permit from the District during the non-fire season and from CalFire or the United States Forest Service during the fire season. Examples of non-agricultural burning include disposal of non-industrial wood waste from property development activity, fire hazard reduction, and weed eradication.
Smoke Management Plans
Private and government land managers continue to develop annual and long-range prescribed burn plans to reduce fuel loading within Siskiyou County and in the surrounding region. These projects have the potential to impact air quality within the District. The District issues burn permits and administers the Smoke Management Plans required of burn projects (excluding agricultural burning) greater than 10 acres or estimated to emit greater than 10 tons of particulate emissions. Smoke Management Plans regulate and coordinate regional land managers' large burn projects in order to prevent smoke impacts to sensitve receptors and prevent violations of state and federal ambient air quality standards. Please see the Northeast Air Alliance Smoke Management Plan document in the Resource Center below.