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Burn Permits Now Required

Beginning May 1st, you need a permit from Cal Fire before doing any outdoor burning - but it is still encouraged as a way to create defensible space.

Posted: May 1, 2018 5:43 AM
Updated: May 1, 2018 11:05 AM

Butte County, Calif.-- Wildfire season is fast approaching, which means it's time to start being a little mroe cautious.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is now requiring home and land owners to get a permit before doing any outdoor burning.

In Trinity and Shasta Counties, this also applies to anyone living at 1000 ft elevation or higher.

For residents of Paradise, Biggs and Gridley, regulations are different than unincorporated areas of Butte County.

Gridley Residents can get permit information from the Gridley Fire Station (530) 846-5711.

Biggs residents should contact the Biggs Fire Station at (530) 868-5834.


Paradise residents need a valid burn permit through May 31st, and outdoor buring is allowed on most days, depending on weather and conditions.
Paradise Burn Permit Information or contact the Paradise Fire Department at (530) 872-6264.

BUtte County burn Hours are 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and the fire must be completely out cold by 11:00 a.m.

Only small piles (4' x 4') of vegetative waste may be burned.

Burn barrels are never allowed.

Before burning in Butte County, you need to check in with the Butte County Air Quality Management District:
(530-332-9407) to determine air quality burn day status.

Provide a 10-foot area free of flammable materials and vegetation around all burn piles and incinerators. Have a water source available and an adult in attendance.

Pay attention to weather conditions and forecasts and do not burn on windy days.

Do not leave smoldering fires unattended and make sure the fire is dead out when the burn is completed.

Have your copy of the valid permit accessible when burning.

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If a fire escapes your control, you may be held criminally and civilly responsible for all costs associated with the suppression of the fire and the damage it caused.

You can also call the CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Prevention Bureau: (530) 538-7888.

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