Fire Safety and Debris Burning
Residential Burn Permits
You must get your permit from either Truckee Fire Protection District or CAL FIRE. Truckee Fire Protection District stations are located at 11473 Donner Pass Road, 10049 Donner Pass Road or 10277 Truckee Tahoe Airport Road which is a combined Truckee Fire Protection District and CAL FIRE station. Burn season occurs every year when the burn ban is lifted (usually around October 15) 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 ALLOWED FROM THE TIME THE UNIT CHIEF OF THE LOCAL CAL FIRE UNIT LIFTS THE BURN BAN UNTIL MARCH 31 OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR. DEBRIS BURNING IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE SPRING OF THE YEAR.
Terms For Dooryard Burn Permits:
- Before burning, call Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District at (530) 582-1027 to see if it is a permissible burn day.
- Maximum pile size 4 foot 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.
- No burning shall be undertaken unless weather conditions (particularly wind) are such that burning can be considered safe.
Terms for Banning of Open Burning and Recreational Fires during High Fire Conditions:
Please visit the Truckee Fire Protection website to learn more about Ordinance 03-2019: Banning of Open Burning and Recreational Fires during High Fire Conditions.
Forestry Department Controlled Burn Plan
Part of the defensible space/fire hazard mitigation program is controlled burning of brush piles, which is industry standard practice locally, statewide and at the federal level.
Tahoe Donner’s Forestry crew burns seasonally between Oct. 15 through June 1. CAL FIRE will lift the burn ban only after there’s been a fair amount of precipitation with continued wet weather in the forecast.
Historically, Tahoe Donner has burned 90 to 100% of material created from forest management activities. Since the purchase of a tracked chipper beginning in 2006, Tahoe Donner now chips 50% of material. Due to high volume, access and desired fuel conditions to be left onsite, it is impossible to chip all material each year.
Tahoe Donner’s Forestry Department meets with Truckee Fire Protection District and CAL FIRE on a regular basis to coordinate and discuss its forestry/controlled burn plan. A project burning permit from CAL FIRE along with a Smoke Management Plan and Air Pollution Permit from the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District are required.
Read more about Tahoe Donner’s controlled burn procedures.