Very soon you will see plumes of smoke coming from backyards and fields. This is an accepted practice to dispose of excessive yard waste. The Tahoe Donner Forestry Department has approximately 900 burn piles on association-owned property to burn. We have an Air Pollution Permit from the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District and a Burning permit from Truckee fire Protection District. We are currently in a holding pattern until proper weather conditions permit burning.
If you are planning to burn yard waste, you are required to have a burn permit before doing any yard waste burning. You must get your permit from the Truckee Fire Protection District or CAL FIRE. The closest station where a burn permit can be obtained is at the Truckee Fire Station #92 located at 11473 Donner Pass Road. Burning yard waste in Tahoe Donner is allowed only after the Fire Protection District lifts the burn ban (normally around mid-October) until the burn ban is enacted (somewhere around June 15). The burn season is dependent on fuel moisture and weather conditions.
IN TAHOE DONNER, DEBRIS BURNING IS ONLY ALLOWED FROM THE TIME THE TRUCKEE FIRE CHIEF LIFTS THE BURN BAN UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST. DEBRIS BURNING IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE SPRING OF THE YEAR.
Terms for burning:
- Before burning, call (530) 582-1027 to see if it is a permissible burn day. Although we may be in the burn season, burn days are dependent (in part) on air quality standards.Maximum pile size is four feet in diameter.
- Area within 10 feet of the outer edge of the pile is maintained free and clear of all flammable material and vegetation.
- Responsible person in attendance with shovel until fire is dead out.
- Water supply at burning site.