Burn Permits

Residents wishing to burn must verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning by contacting Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District: (530)  274-7928  MyAirDistrict.com.

For residential burn piles, a burn permit issued by a fire department is required for certain times of the year. You may obtain these free permits from most fire departments in Nevada County and now online at BurnPermit.Fire.ca.gov.

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Burn piles are prohibited in the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. A burn permit from the fire district is required in the Town of Truckee. Check with your Home Owners Association if burn piles are permitted in your neighborhood.

Residents are urged to take precautions while burning outdoors to prevent starting a wildfire. Escaped debris burns are a leading cause of wildfires during winter and spring.


  • Are no larger than 4 ft in diameter
  • Have a 10 ft clearance of bare mineral soil around the burn pile
  • Have a responsible adult in attendance at all times with a water source and a shovel

Always tend to your burn and be sure to fully extinguish coals with water. Call 911 right away if you lose control of your burn pile.