Residential burn permits required May 1

News Release

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Residential burn permits will be required beginning Sunday, May 1.

These permits are available to the public free of charge and allow for the burning of dry landscape vegetation (not household trash) that originates from the landowner’s property.

“Escaped residential burn piles continue to be a leading cause of wildland fires. Exercise extreme caution while burning,” said Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Mike Blankenheim.

The use of a burn barrel is illegal in Amador and El Dorado counties. For tips on residential landscape debris burning safety or other fire and life safety topics visit the Cal Fire website at

To acquire a permit applicants may access the website at to watch the mandatory video that reviews burning requirements and safety tips, fill in the required fields, submit the form and a dooryard burn permit will be created. The applicant must then print, sign and keep the permit on hand while burning.

Permits are valid for the calendar year in which they are issued and must be reissued annually on or after Jan. 1 of each year. If an online permit is not an option and you reside in the Amador-El Dorado Unit service area Amador-El Dorado Unit service area, call 530-644-2345 for assistance.

Contact the local Air Quality Management District at 530-621-5842 or 888-332-2876 to determine what permit requirements or burning restrictions apply and always call to ensure burn day status.

For alternatives to burning contact the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council at for details on available programs.

Ensure that piles from landscape debris are no larger than 4 feet in diameter, have a 10-foot clearance to bare soil around the burn pile and that a responsible adult attends all times with a water source and a shovel.

For more information on how you can protect your family, home and property by creating and maintaining defensible space visit

Source: Cal Fire

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