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Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties Burn Suspension Lifted

MARIPOSA — Effective Friday, Dec. 6, at 8 a.m., the burn suspension in Madera, Mariposa and Merced counties will be lifted.

CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit Chief Mike van Loben Sels is formally cancelling the burn suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissive burn days.

Burn permits will be required and residents wishing to burn MUST verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning.

Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and the chance of winter weather have helped diminish the threat of wildfire.

Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris burns and follow all burning guidelines provided. Property owners and residents must maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.

Residential burn permits for Madera and Mariposa Counties are available at CAL FIRE stations. Merced County residents contact the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

Madera County – San Joaquin Valley burn day information line: 877-429-2876.
Merced County – San Joaquin Valley burn day information line: 877-429-2876.
Mariposa County – Mariposa County burn day information line: 209-966-1200.
Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District: 209-966-2220.

Pile Burning Requirements

  • 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.
  • Do NOT burn on windy days.
  • Piles should be no larger than four feet in diameter and in height. You can add to pile as it burns down.
  • Clear a 10 foot diameter down to bare soil around your piles.
  • Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
  • An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.

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.

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