The burn decision information on this web page is updated Monday through Friday except holidays and office closures. Burn decisions are made at approximately 8:30 am each day after reviewing our local air quality data and information provided by the California Air Resources Board.

You can also call the office for the days burn decision by calling (530) 527-3717 and pressing 4 for the residential burn decision or 3 for the agricultural decision. The phone message is updated 7 days a week after 8:30 am.

Do I need a burn permit?

Residential burning:

No permit is required from the District for residential burning. However, burning is required to take place on permissive burn days within the approved burn hours.

Tehama County Fire (CalFire) requires a fire safety permit during fire season.

Agricultural burning:

An Agricultural Burn Permit is required from the District before burning. Agricultural Burning is defined as: The burning in the open of materials produced wholly from operations in the growing and harvesting of crops or raising of fowl or animals for the primary purpose of making a profit, of providing a livelihood, or of conducting agricultural research or instruction by an educational institution.

“Agricultural Burning” also includes open outdoor fires used in the operation or maintenance of a system for the delivery of water for agricultural operations, forest management, range improvement and wildland vegetation management burning, or disease or pest prevention or control.

All agricultural burn operations must also have an LE-5 burn permit from their local fire department.District Ag Burn Permit Application 

Burn Decision (for 05/29/2020):

Agricultural Burning:

Please make sure you have a LE-5 permit from your local fire department. Today (May 29th) is a permissive agricultural burn day in Tehama County.

Agricultural Burn Hours:

Burn hours for orchard waste are from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, burn hours for field crops are 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Burn hours in the Capay Fire District are 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Residential Burning:

Effective May 1st, 2020, a fire safety permit is required from your local fire department.

Effective January 3rd, 2014 the City of Red Bluff has banned residential burning within the city limits of Red Bluff. Today (May 29th) is a permissive day in all areas Tehama County.

Residential Burn Hours:

Burn hours are 8:30 AM to 3:00 pm in the Capay Fire District. Burn hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in all other state and local response areas of Tehama County.  Your fire must be completely out by the end of burn time for your area.