** CAL FIRE is suspending all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area and the unincorporated areas of Butte County as of Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6:00 am; this suspension bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves except within the city limits of Biggs and Gridley (with a valid burn permit). **
|Location||Current open burning requirements if it is a Permissive Burn Day|
|Within Chico city limits||
|Unincorporated areas within Chico Sphere of Influence||
|Town of Paradise
|Magalia / Upper Ridge
(January 1 through June 14)
|Within Oroville city limits||
|Within Biggs & Gridley city limits||
|All other areas of Butte County||
General Requirements for All Residential and Fire Hazard Reduction Burning
- Before burning in Butte County, you MUST check the burn day status on the day that you are burning by calling 530-332-9407 (toll free: 855-332-9407) or by going to www.bcaqmd.org.
- Burn hours apply in all areas of Butte County. See the table above for specific areas.
- Burn barrels are illegal. Exemptions apply to specific areas; contact the air district for more information.
- Only natural vegetation grown on the property can be burned.
- Vegetation must be dry and free of dirt.
- After pruning/cutting, allow vegetation to dry for at least 15 days if under 6 inches in diameter, 30 days if over 6 inches in diameter.
- It is illegal to burn any non-vegetative material, including, but not limited to garbage, paper, cardboard, any dimensional lumber, tires, construction materials, plastic, rubber, paint, bedding or furniture.
- Do not burn when your smoke will impact others: you are responsible for your smoke’s impact.
- Some fire jurisdictions require burn permits (see above). Follow the requirements on your fire agency issued burn permit.
- The Fire Hazard Reduction Burning Fact Sheet contains information about regulations on open burning conducted at multi-unit dwellings, by commercial entities, and on lots of one acre or greater in size.
Please burn safely!
Additional Requirements for Burning on Lots Less Than One Acre In Size
- All open burn piles must be located more than 25 feet from any neighbor’s occupied dwelling.
- The pile size may not exceed 4 feet in diameter. All areas within 10 feet of the burn pile must be clear of vegetation and flammable material.
- A responsible adult must be in attendance and water must be available until the burn pile is completely extinguished.
- Burning poison oak is prohibited.
- The Residential Open Burning Fact Sheet contains information about regulations on residential open burning on lots less than one acre in size.
Alternatives to Burning
Free Chipper Program: The Butte County Fire Safe Council has a free chipping program for Butte County Residents. For information, please call the Fire Safe Council at 877-0984. You can sign up for the program online here: Chipper Program. The Butte County Fire Safe Council is also offering a Residents Assistance Program in preparation for Fire Season.
Backyard Composting: Recycle Butte has a Composting Guide along with information on recycling and disposal of many types of materials and waste.
A note from the EPA on backyard recreational fires: