Outdoor Residential Burning

Location Current open burning requirements if it is a Permissive Burn Day
Within Chico City limits
  • Burning is always prohibited, regardless of lot size.
Unincorporated areas within Chico Sphere of Influence
  • Burning is only allowed on lots greater than 0.9 acres in size within the Chico Sphere of Influence (see map).
  • Burn hours are 8:45am to one hour before sunset.
Town of Paradise
  • Burning will be allowed with a valid Paradise Fire agency burn permit.  Paradise Fire has temporarily suspended the East/West restriction.
  • Burn hours are as stated on the Paradise Fire burn permit.
  • For more information, call Paradise Fire  at 872-6264.
Magalia / Upper Ridge
(January through June)
  • Burn hours are 8:45am to one hour before sunset.
  • Geographical restrictions on lots less than one acre are effective January 1st  through June 30th.  Burning is allowed only for those areas NORTH of Wycliff Way/Perry Road from the 1st through the 15th of the month. Burning is allowed on residential lots less than one acre in size for those areas SOUTH of Wycliff Way/Perry Road from the 16th through the end of the month.
Within Oroville City limits
  • Burn permit required from the local Fire Department.
  • Burn hours are as stated on the Fire Department issued Burn Permit.
Within Biggs & Gridley City limits
  • Burn permit required from the local Fire Department.
  • Burn hours are as stated on the Fire Department issued Burn Permit.
All other areas of Butte County
  • Burn hours are 8:45am to one hour before sunset.

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.
  • 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.
  • Only natural vegetation grown on the property can be burned.
  • 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.
  • Burn barrels are illegal.
  • 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. Available in Spanish here.

Please burn safely!

  • Provide a 10’ area free of flammable materials and vegetation around all burn piles.
  • Have a water source available and an adult in attendance.
  • Pay attention to weather conditions and forecasts.
  • Do not burn on windy days (generally when winds exceed 10mph).
  • Do not leave smoldering fires unattended.
  • Make sure that the fire is dead out when the control burn is completed.
  • More info on preventing wildfires here.
  • More information at Cal-FIRE:  Debris Burning/Burning Permit Requirements (when permits are required) and How to Safely Burn Landscape Debris

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. Available in Spanish here.

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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 or click here: Chipper Program. The Butte County Fire Safe Council is also offering a Residents Assistance Program in preparation for Fire Season.

Waste Management:  Information Online    or    Call (530) 893-4777
Recology:  Information Online    or    Call (530) 533-5868
Northern Recycling and Waste Services: Information Online    or   Call (530) 876-3340

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:
https://www.epa.gov/burnwise/backyard-recreational-fires

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