Burn Day Status

USE THE TABLE BELOW TO SEE IF IT IS A BURN DAY IN YOUR AREA.  Find your area on the left and look in the column for the day you are interested in.  Be sure to read the Special Conditions for your area.

NO means that Open Burning is Prohibited in your area on the day specified.

YES means that Open Burning is Allowed in your area on the day specified.

Recommended burn hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM unless otherwise noted below.

Burn only natural vegetation that has been down at least 3 weeks and grew on the property where you are burning.

AREA THURSDAY FRIDAY
SPECIAL CONDITIONS
Western Nevada County
(West of Norden, including Soda Springs)
YES YES Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burns.


Never burn piles that are mainly leaves and pine needles; piles must have enough woody vegetation to burn well.

Burning is always prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City.

Truckee Area / Eastern Nevada County YES YES Burn permits from the Truckee Fire Protection District are always required. Burn during daylight hours only.

An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burns.

Sierra County YES YES Burn permits are not required, although an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burns.
Quincy Area
(Including the American and Thompson Valleys)
NO NO The wintertime burn ban is in effect (Rule 318).  In the American and Thompson Valleys (all areas within the Quincy Fire Protection District), residential open burning is prohibited until March 16.

Burning is always prohibited in downtown Quincy, East Quincy and the City of Portola.

An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects.

Plumas County
(Except Quincy Area)
YES YES WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY of PORTOLA, OPEN RESIDENTIAL BURNING IS BANNED YEAR-ROUND.  City of Portola ordinance no. 354, section 15.10.025.


An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for non-residential burn projects.

Burn permits are not required.

For basic QUESTIONS, such as which area you live in or where to get a burn permit (when required), please visit the FAQ page.

BURN PERMITS are sometimes required by CAL FIRE.  CAL FIRE burn permits are now available online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.  The “SPECIAL CONDITIONS” box above tells you if burn permits are currently required.  An Air Pollution Permit from the Air District is always required for Non-residential burns. For information, call 274-9360 in Nevada & western Sierra County or 832-0102 in Plumas & eastern Sierra County.

  • NEVER BURN GARBAGE!  Materials such as plastic, plywood, painted or treated wood, Styrofoam and so forth are illegal to burn because burning them emits toxins into the air that can cause an assortment of ailments, including headaches, learning disabilities in children, and various forms of cancer.
  • Burn HOT AND CLEAN!  Maintain plenty of flame to minimize smoke.  If there’s any danger of your fire escaping, or if it is too wet to burn well, wait for a better day.
  • 2 Kinds of Permits — BURN PERMIT vs. AIR POLLUTION PERMIT:  A Burn Permit is required by CAL FIRE during part of the year, when fire danger is more of a concern. In Sierra and Nevada County, Burn Permits are issued by most fire agencies. In Plumas County, they are issued by US Forest Service offices and a few fire departments (especially near Lake Almanor). NON-RESIDENTIAL burns and burns larger than one acre always require an Air Pollution Permit from the Air District. If you have any questions about your need for an Air Pollution Permit, call the Grass Valley Office at (530) 274-9360 and ask for Joe or Sam.
  • Please Read the Open Burning page before attempting any burning.  There, you will find important Rules and tips to help you burn intelligently and politely.
  • Wondering why we have No Burn Days? Click here.
  • Obtaining an Authorization to Burn on a No Burn Day
  • Update Timing: The Burn Day Status for the current day and the next day is generally updated by 5PM (sometimes later on weekends).  If you check earlier in the day, you will see the Status for yesterday and today.

 Open burning is BANNED in the city limits of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Portola, and also in downtown Quincy and East Quincy.

The Burn Day Status is also available by telephone:

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