Burning in Amador County

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Due to Covid-19, ALL burn permits are being issued via mail only.  There is a drop box in front of the County building.  Burn Permit applications dropped off there will be processed the following day.



To adhere to social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CAL FIRE is requesting that residents apply for residential 4' x 4' burn permits online at . 

If an electronic version is not an option or you need an LE-5 (an LE-5 is issued to residents who burn larger than 4' x 4' burn piles), people residing within the Amador-El Dorado Unit service area may call (530) 708-2701 and a representative will go over the requirements and mail a permit to the resident.   Please only use this number if you reside within the Amador-El Dorado Unit.  CalFire does not have the resources to handle requests from other Units.

CalFire Burn Permit Guide


What Is Residential Burning? 

Residential Burning is the use of an outdoor fire to dispose of natural vegetation originating on the property of a one or two family dwelling. A residential fire is considered to be smaller than 4 feet by 4 feet and must be at a residence. An Air District Large Pile Burn Permit is not required for this type of burning.

Large pile burning and non-residential burning are only allowed on Permissive Burn Days.

                                   Call 209/223-6246 before igniting any burn pile.

Burning is not allowed on commercial property except for specific purposes. Contact the District for specific case consideration.

Outdoor fires larger than 4 feet by 4 feet are considered and called large pile burning and even though it may be done on residential property an Air District Large Pile Burn Permit is required.

You must have an Amador Air District Large Pile Burn Permit when burning any outdoor fire larger than 4 feet by 4 feet. This burn permit is only available from the Air District. You may come to our office located at 810 Court Street in Jackson or call the office at 209/257-0112 and request that an application be mailed to you. The form is also available on the web page How to get a Large Pile Burn Permit.

Additional burn permits are required for residents in all unincorporated cities. For any size pile you will need a valid burn permit from Cal Fire during part of the year. The Burn Day Information Line will tell you when a Cal Fire permit is necessary.

Always call 209/223-6246 before lighting any outdoor fire.  
(The burn line recording gets updated daily between 4pm - 5pm)


Burning Regulations from your City if you Reside within its City Limits. 

Our District has no participation in City ordinances and/or hours of burning.  Each City within the County is able to put together their own regulations pertaining to burning practices.  There are five (5) incorporated cities within the County and they each have their own set of burning rules.  For more information please contact your City Hall.

 City of Jackson
  • Requires City Burn Permit
  • Burning allowed only between 6am - noon. All fires must be out by noon.
 City of Ione
  • Requires City Burn Permit - $5.00/yr
  • Burning allowed only between 6am - noon. All fires must be out by noon.
 City of Amador City
  • No additional permit needed
 City of Plymouth
  • Requires City Burn Permit - $6.00/fiscal year
 City of Sutter Creek
  • Burning allowed only between 6am - noon. All fires must be out by noon.


Always Follow These Requirements

When Burning
  • Call 223-6246 prior to lighting any outdoor fire
  • Burn only on permissive burn days
  • Contact your local fire agency for burn permit requirements
  • Burn only DRY natural vegetation
  • Watch where your smoke is going. Burn only when smoke travels away from your neighbors.
  • Never leave your fire unattended

Effective January 1, 2004 the use of burn barrels or incinerators is prohibited.


Harmful Effects of Burning

Smoke from residential fires is uncontrolled and released at ground level. This makes it much easier for neighbors and family members to be adversely affected by the smoke. You, your family, neighbors, and friends are at ground level and will be affected.

Immediate health effects from exposure to smoke may include burning, itching and watering eyes, shortness of breath and asthma attacks.

Long term health effects may include respiratory disease, lung damage, cancer and premature death.

Choose Not to Burn

For your health and the health of your family and neighbors consider choosing not to burn. Composting, chipping, mulching and/or recycling through your local garbage collection service provider are good alternatives. Associations that may help you are

Amador Fire Safe Council 209/295-6200

Master Gardeners 209/223-6838          




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