Siskiyou County Burn Permit Suspension Lifted

Effective Friday, October 14, 2016 at 06:00 a.m. the residential burn permit suspension in the State Responsibility Area (SRA) of Siskiyou County will be lifted. CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit Chief Phillip R. Anzo is formally lifting the burn permit suspension. Those possessing current and valid residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Contact your local CAL FIRE station if you have any questions or to obtain a permit. CAL FIRE burn permits will be required until the end of fire season. McCloud Community Service District customers can get their dooryard burning permit at the MCSD Office at 220 W. Minnesota Avenue, McCloud.

While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, we are still in our fifth year of drought. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns. Follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control.

Residents wishing to burn MUST verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning. Residents should call Siskiyou County Air Pollution Board at (530) 842-8123 to confirm it’s a permissive burn day and the burn times.

Dooryard 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. You can add to the 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.

Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, Federal and Local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.