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CAL FIRE: Burn Permits Required in Madera County as of May 1

MARIPOSA — The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) encourage residents to continue their hazard reduction burning in Eastern Madera County. Valid San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District permits are required and can be obtained by contacting San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control (APCD) at 559-230-6000. CAL FIRE stations will not be issuing permits in attempt to accommodate social distancing due to COVID-19.

Madera County Burn Information Line: 1-877-429-2876.

The following guidelines are required when conducting a hazard reduction burn:

  • Property owners conducting hazard reduction burning are responsible for checking the burn day status by calling the Air Pollution Control District prior to igniting their hazard reduction pile.
  • Do not burn material that is wet or damp, as this can cause excessive smoke. Excessive smoke is prohibited and will result in penalties.
  • Provide adequate clearance (minimum of within 10 feet of the outer edge of the pile) around the burn pile to avoid its escape.
  • Keep a water supply close to the burning site.
  • An adult must be in attendance until the fire is extinguished.
  • Do not burn on windy days.
  • Do not use any flammable liquid (such as gasoline or diesel fuel) to ignite a fire.
  • Make sure the burn pile is free of prohibited materials. No household trash, garbage or construction materials.
  • Burn only natural vegetation removed while maintaining a defensible space.
  • Burning anything in a burn barrel is illegal.

Hazard reduction burning is permitted only when meteorological conditions are good for smoke dispersal. In addition, CAL FIRE, MMU may impose fire restrictions and prohibit open burning due to elevated risks of fire danger.

Creating a nuisance can result in a violation subject to penalties. Please burn with caution.

For more information visit the CAL FIRE web site at www.fire.ca.gov or www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

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