The NSAQMD maintains and updates numerous burn recorders on a daily basis during those times when open burning is allowed by the California Department of Forestry. The primary responsibility for a Burn Day decision resides with 2 agencies: the California Air Resources Board and the California Department of Forestry. The local Air District has the final say on the burn day status, but considers input from all relevant sources and agencies and will almost always defer to the agency that calls for a No Burn Day. The primary factors considered in a decision are: fire danger, air quality and atmospheric dispersion characteristics.
Important Information to Know:
- Always call the appropriate Burn Day recorder before lighting that match.
- Any non-residential burning always requires an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District. If you have any doubts about your need for a permit, call the Grass Valley Office and ask for Joe or Sam.
- If the local fire department tells you that you don’t need a burn permit, always double check with Joe or Sam at the Grass Valley office.
For Current Burn Day information within the NSAQMD call:
City of Grass Valley: Open burning has been BANNED in Grass Valley!!
City of Nevada City: Open burning has been BANNED in Nevada City!!
Western Nevada County: (530) 274-7928
Eastern Nevada County: (530) 582-1027
Western Sierra County: (530) 289-3662
Eastern Sierra County: (530) 994-3561
Portola: (530) 832-4528
Quincy: (530) 283-3602
Greenville: (530) 284-6520
Chester: (530) 258-2588
Where can I get a burn permit?
If you live in western Nevada County and don’t know where to get a burn permit, check our Burn Permit info sheet for the fire station closest to you. If you live in eastern Nevada County call the Truckee Fire Department at (530) 582-7850 for info on obtaining a burn permit. If you live in Sierra or Plumas county either contact the Northern Air District Office or the local fire agency.
Are you curious as to how many days are No Burn Days? Do you think every Saturday is always a No Burn Day? Well, see for yourself by checking out our Annual Burn Day Statistics (.pdf) page.
Burn Day and Weather stats by month, 2005
Why Do We Have No Burn Days?