Four Days Left to Burn in Butte County

Beginning June 17, 2024, all burn permits are suspended for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Butte County due to hotter, drier conditions in the region.

If you plan on burning yard debris, make sure you do it this weekend! As of Monday, June 17, all burn permits are suspended until further notice.

If you already have your burn permit, here’s what to keep in mind:

Check for an approved burn day.

The same office issuing burn permits will be to tell you what days have been designated for burning in your area. Don’t just go by any state rules you might hear about. Check locally, as rules can vary by location.

Don’t burn if the weather isn’t right.

Make sure the area you’re using for burning is a safe distance away from anything that could catch fire from heat or a wandering ember. For instance, don’t burn shrubs and tree debris near healthy trees and shrubs…or too close to your house (sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how often this mistake happens).

Here are the optimum specs for a burn site:

  • Bare ground at least 10 feet in diameter
  • Burn at the center of the area
  • Make each pile you burn no larger than 4’x4’

Get your tools together.

You don’t need much in the way of tools for your burn, but two essentials are a shovel and a hose with the water turned on and ready to go for controlling flames and keeping the surrounding area damp.

Exercise caution after the burn.

Once your debris is burned, soak the area to douse any flames. Use your shovel to turn over the ashes and then soak them again; repeat the process several times. Smokey Bear calls this the “Drown. Stir. Drown.” approach to campfires. Smokey would also tell you if your burn site is too hot to touch, it’s too hot to walk away from without more water.

Thanks again for taking the proper measures before, during, and after your burn. Your efforts keep our entire community safe! To learn more about burn permits and discover how to get them, check out our webpage.