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Cal Fire MMU Suspends Burning Below 2,000 Feet

MARIPOSA – Effective Thursday, May 17, at 8 a.m., the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit will suspended all burning below the 2,000 foot elevation in Madera and Mariposa County.

Open burning is allowed above the 2,000 elevation with valid permits only. Permits are free of charge and available at any Cal Fire station.

Residents need to contact the burn day information line in their county prior to burning.

  • Madera County Burn Day Information Line: 877-HAZ-BURN (877-429-2876)
  • Mariposa County Burn Day Information Line: 209-966-1200

For residents burning above the 2,000 foot elevation, citations will be issued if burning is conducted outside the perimeters of the burn permit. Residents will be held liable for any fire that escapes control.

Burn piles must be no bigger than 4×4 foot in size. A water source and a tool must be available at the burn location and a responsible adult in attendance at all times. Scrape the area around the burn pile down to bare mineral soil and DO NOT burn on windy days. Please see the permit for additional burning requirements.

Additional information may be obtained at your local Cal Fire station or by calling (209) 966-3622.

There is also a wealth of information on the Cal Fire website at or

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