Burning questions: how to burn your debris safely and legally

Blog Post created by faithberry Employee on Jun 7, 2013

In most
communities throughout the United States it is necessary to get a permit to
burn slash piles.  It is important to
burn only when it is allowed by your state forester or other permitting agency.  Make sure that you follow the guidelines carefully;
if a wildland fire is started because the rules were not followed you could be
responsible for suppression costs.* 

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1930s vintage poster from NFPA



Saturday, June 1, 2013, residential burn permits in California have been
suspended for Nevada, Placer, and Yuba Counties. CAL FIRE and the Tahoe
National Forest also announced that fire restrictions will go into effect in
the Tahoe National Forest.  In other
areas of California, Arizona and Nevada burning is suspended as well.  So check with your local permitting agency
before you burn!  Never burn a pile without
a permit.

 When burning slash, a
few basic rules to follow:

  •  Always make sure your burn pile is completely
    burned or put out before dark

  • Have
    fire suppression tools on hand such as garden hoses, shovels and rakes.

  • Make
    sure that the area is completely clear around the pile as well as above!  Make sure there are no overhanging limbs.

  • Do
    not burn garbage with vegetative material.

  • Someone
    should be present and monitor the fire never walk away from your burn pile.

  • Never
    burn on windy or excessively dry days.

  • Rake
    all material together.

  • Keep your piles small and manageable!

[Americorps |] and the[ Fire Safe Council of Nevada County |] did a great video on how to safely burn vegetative debris, take a look!