Effective Nov. 23, 2015, the burn permit suspension in Madera Mariposa Merced Unit (MMU) of Cal Fire was lifted, with no elevation restrictions, and those possessing current and valid residential burn permits can resume burning on permissible days. Cal Fire or other approved burn permits will be required until the end of peak fire season.
While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, California is still in the fourth year of drought. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris burns. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.
It is your responsibility to check burn day status by calling your local Air Pollution Control District with jurisdiction over your area.
For Madera County, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has a “Check Before You Burn Website” with burning conditions available, or call (559) 230-6000.
Pile 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 and in height. You can add to 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.
For additional information on burning, see the Cal Fire website.