CalFire extends burning in Plumas County

The wet winter and mild temperatures have allowed the CalFire Lassen-Modoc Unit to extend the window for dooryard debris burning beyond June 30 for those possessing a CalFire Burn Permit.

CalFire Burn Permits are only for residents who live within the State Responsibility Area (SRA), or where CalFire has jurisdictional authority. For information on permits required outside the SRA/CalFire jurisdiction, contact your local city/county fire authority.

Burning can only be done on permissive burn days. To find out if it is a permissive burn day, contact the local Air Pollution Control District office: Portola, 832-4528; Quincy, 283-3602; Greenville, 284-6520; and Chester, 258-2588.

Burning can only be done during permissive times. Currently, the CalFire Lassen-Modoc Unit is allowing open hours for burning; however, check with your local APCD in case they have burn hour restrictions.


The Unit Chief will suspend burning when weather conditions warrant.

Only natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned.

Household garbage may NOT be burned.

Do not burn on windy days.

You cannot burn in a burn barrel unless you have received authorization from your APCD.

Burning can only be done during permissive times. Though Plumas County has open hours, check with your Air Pollution Control District who may have restricted hours.

You must have a signed permit in your possession while you are burning and you are responsible for always maintaining control of your fire. Burn permits can be obtained online at

Possession of a permit does not protect you if your burn escapes. You are still liable for any suppression costs.

If a burn escapes your control, you should seek help immediately. Wildfires can spread very quickly. A fast response from the fire department can reduce suppression cost considerably. Remember, you may be billed for suppression costs, so the sooner you seek help the better the outcome may be.


Simple common sense can greatly reduce the chance of an escape. If you don’t feel it’s safe to conduct a burn, then don’t!

Keep informed about burn restrictions by visiting the website at under “Hot Topics.”