Residential and Agricultural Burn permitting resumes

COUNTY — The burn permit suspension in San Luis Obispo County was lifted on Saturday, Dec. 1.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) San Luis Obispo Unit Chief Scott Jalbert formally canceled the burn permit suspension and advised that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days only.
Agriculture burns must be inspected by Cal Fire prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season. A valid permit from the Air Pollution Control District is also required for all burning, allowed only on permissive burn days. Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture burns. This can be verified by contacting the Air Pollution Control District.
While cooler temperatures and precipitation have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, property owners are asked to use caution while conducting burns. Burn permits are required for all burning projects and must be completed between the hours indicated on the Cal Fire and/or APCD burn permits. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns and they must follow burning requirements and maintain control of their fire at all times. Individuals may be held liable if a fire escapes their control and/or burns the property of a neighbor.
Residents wishing to burn must verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning.
Call the San Luis Obispo County APCD Burn Day Hotline at 1-800-834-2876 or visit
Safe burning of hazardous vegetation by landowners is a tool in reducing the fire threat, officials stated. State, Federal and Local land management and fire agencies may also utilize this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.

Pile Burning Requirements
Only dry, natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles, and tree trimmings may be burned.
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 your piles.
Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.

Agricultural Burn Permits
Between May 1 through the declared end of fire season, both Cal Fire and APCD Permits are required. Contact your nearest Cal Fire station ( and/or local fire department to acquire the proper permit
Agricultural burning is defined as open outdoor fires used in agricultural operations in the growing of crops or raising of fowl or animals, used in vegetation management, forest management, range improvement, the improvement of land for wildlife and game habitat, or agricultural disease or pest prevention. Income must be derived solely or partially from agricultural practices on the property where the burn is located. A Farmers’ Market Certificate will also be sufficient proof of agricultural income.

Contact APCD’s Compliance Division at 805-781-5912, for details on their permit program. Air Pollution Control District information or to download a mail-in only application can be found at
After the fire season is declared over, only APCD permits will be required. Anyone planning to conduct burning must confirm the burn day status by calling 800-834-2876 and may only burn on days designated as “Permissive Burn Days.”
For more information on how to safely burn outdoors, visit or visit the Cal Fire website at


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