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Burn Suspension Is Lifted And Permits Are Required

MOUNTAIN AREA — Cal Fire and the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) announced that the burn suspension in all State Responsibility Areas of Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties has been lifted as of 8 a.m. today.

Cal Fire Burn Permits are required and burning is permitted on “Permissive Burn Days” only, as established by the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District. Permits can be obtained from any local Cal Fire Station between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are valid for three years.

Non-residential burning and/or commercial burning require a commercial burning permit from Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District. Please contact the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District with non-residential and commercial burning questions at 209-966-2220 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Residents in Mariposa County wishing to burn must verify permit requirements and burn day status prior to burning.
Mariposa County Burn Day Information Line 209-966-1200
Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District 209-966-2220
– Maximum pile size 4×4 foot diameter.
– Area within 10 feet of the outer edge of pile is maintained free and clear of all flammable material and vegetation.
– Responsible adult in attendance with a shovel until fire is dead out.
– Water supply at burning site.
– No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly wind) are such that burning can be considered safe.
– Additional terms and conditions.
– Only dry, natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned. The burning of trash, painted wood or other debris is not allowed.
– Contact Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District for additional requirements.

Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, Federal and Local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands. For more information on burning, visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov

Madera and Merced County residents are asked to contact San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control at 877-429-2876 (877-HAZ-BURN) for permit requirements prior to burning. Check this link to determine burn day status. 

To limit the threat of large and damaging fires, cooperation of citizens is required to burn safely and carefully within the MMU Unit of Cal Fire.

While burning will be allowed on permissive burn days with a valid permit, it is the responsibility of the permittee to follow the rules established on their permit.

Permittees are liable for escaped and uncontrolled fires. While forecasts are calling for cooler temperatures and rain, vegetation remains dry and vulnerable to fire.

Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, Federal and Local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.

All permittees must comply with all fire laws stated on the permit. For more information on defensible space and fire safety visit the Cal Fire website at www.fire.ca.gov.

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