CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit Lifts Burn Permit Suspension

November 16th, 2020


Camino – Effective at 12:00 P.M. on November 16, 2020, the burn permit suspension in the Amador-El Dorado Unit (AEU) service areas will be lifted. CAL FIRE AEU Unit Chief Scott Lindgren is formally cancelling the burn permit suspension. Those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Agriculture burns must be inspected by CAL FIRE prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season. Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture burns. This can be verified by contacting your local Air Quality Management District.

The use of a burn barrel is illegal in Amador and El Dorado counties. For tips on residential landscape debris burning safety or other fire and life safety topics, please visit the CAL FIRE website at

To acquire a permit, applicants may access the website at watch the mandatory video which reviews burning requirements and safety tips, fill in the required fields, submit the form and a dooryard burn permit will be created. The applicant must then print and sign the permit. Permits are valid for the calendar year in which they are issued and must be reissued annually on or after January 1st of each year. If an online permit is not an option and you reside in the Amador-El Dorado Unit service area, call (530) 644-2345 for assistance. Due to social distancing guidelines, we ask that you do not attempt to obtain a permit in person.

Contact your local Air Quality Management District to determine what permit requirements or burning restrictions apply in your area and ALWAYS call to ensure burn day status.

Amador County (209) 223-6246

El Dorado County (530) 621-5897

Sacramento County (916) 874-4800

Alpine County (760) 872-8211 ext. 240

South Lake Tahoe (530) 621-5842, (888) 332-2876

For alternatives to burning your piles, please contact the Amador Fire Safe Council at or the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council at for details on available programs.

Ensure that piles from landscape debris are no larger than 4-ft. in diameter, have a 10-ft. clearance to bare soil around the burn pile and that a responsible adult attends all times with a water source and a shovel.

For more information on how you can protect your family, home and property by creating and maintaining defensible space visit

Contact: Diana Swart, PIO, 530-683-5229