Burn permits now available

Effective today (Friday, December 6, 2019), at 8 a.m., the burn permit suspension in Tulare County will be lifted. CAL FIRE’s Acting Tulare Unit Chief Gratian Bidart is formally cancelling the burn permit suspension and advises those possessing current and valid Hazard Reduction Burn Permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days at all elevations. Burn permits now available
Agriculture permits can be obtained through San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Burn permits now available
Burn permits are required for all hazard reduction burning. Cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and the recent precipitation have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire. Burn permits now available
Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns. Always use caution when burning, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times. Burn permits now available
Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.
Three Rivers residents wishing to burn must obtain and and sign a burn permit application. The triplicate forms are available in an outside drop box at the CAL FIRE Station located adjacent to Valley Oak Credit Union. 
To verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning, contact the San
Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District at 559-230-6062 or check online
Pile Burning Requirements
• Only dry, natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles, and tree trimmings may be
• The burning of trash, painted wood, or other debris is not allowed.
• Do NOT burn on windy days.
• Piles should be no larger than four feet in diameter and in height. You can add to pile as it burns down.
• Clear a 10-foot diameter down to bare soil around every pile.
• Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
• An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.
Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, federal, and local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health and resiliency on private and public lands.
For more information on burning, visit the CAL FIRE website.

One thought on “Burn permits now available

  • December 11, 2019 at 5:25 am

    I encourage community members who have a pile of yard trimmings to consider using the community chipper instead of burning. The smoke from yard burns has been astonishingly heavy thus far this season, and it poses a serious health risk for us all. For information on the chipper, contact the Three Rivers Fire Safe Council (https://www.facebook.com/pg/3rfsc/about/?ref=page_internal).


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