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Posted: November 14, 2015

Burn Permit – Hours Change

San Andreas – Effective Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 8 a.m. burn hours will no longer be limited to the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.  Burning will be allowed, with a valid burn permit, during all hours on permissive burn days. 

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 shall be no larger than four feet in diameter and in height.

  • 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.

CAL FIRE TCU Unit Chief, Josh White, has formally cancelled the burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days.

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.

While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, California is still in the fourth year of drought. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris burns. Always use caution when burning, follow all guidelines provided, and 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.

It is your responsibility to check burn day status by calling your local Air Pollution Control District with jurisdiction over your area.

Calaveras County: 209/754-6600

Tuolumne County: 209/533-5598

San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties: 877/429-2876

For more information on burning, visit the CAL FIRE website at

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