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 (05/23/2024):

Agricultural Burning:

[Cal Fire and the Tehama County Fire department] has declared a No Burn Day for [all state and local response areas of Tehama County] due to high fire danger. Today is a Prunings Only agricultural burn day for the Capay Fire District only.

Agricultural Burn Hours:

Burn hours for the Capay Fire District are from 8:30AM to 3:00PM.

Residential Burning:

CalFire and the Tehama County Fire department has declared a No Burn Day in all state and local response areas of Tehama County due to high fire danger. Burning is not permitted within the city limits of Red Bluff. It is a permissive residential burn day for the Capay Fire District only.

Residential Burn Hours:

Burn hours are 8:30AM to 3:00PM in the Capay Fire District. All fires must be completely out by the end of burn time for your area.