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BACKYARD BURNING GUIDE

THE BURN SEASON WITHIN THE FELTON FIRE PROTECTION  DISTRICT IS:
DECEMBER 1 through APRIL 30 , ONLY.

BURNING OUT OF SEASON MAY RESULT IN A CITATION AND
YOU MAY BE LIABLE FOR ALL SUPPRESSION COSTS.

Beginning December 1st, open yard burning is permissible for one or two family dwellings ONLY.  The burn season will end on April 30th .  The Felton Fire Protection District does not require a permit for this type of burning. 

Burning is permitted only on days approved by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District.  To determine the current burn day status and burn information, phone 1-800-225-2876 (800-CAL-BURN).

Burning shall be permitted subject to the following Uniform Fire Code conditions: 

1.  Only yard trimmings and brush originating on the premises of one or two family dwellings may be burned. 

2.  The material shall be arranged in small piles to facilitate burning and shall be free of waste material such as; tires, tar paper, plastic, poison oak, construction materials, and household garbage, etc. 

3.  The use of combustible and/or flammable liquid as starting fuels is expressly prohibited. 

4.  All burning shall be conducted at a distance of more than 25 feet from any building, structure, property line, or combustible material. 

5.  ON APPROVED BURN DAYS , burning is permitted between the hours of 
6:00 am and 5:00 pm .  All burns must be extinguished no later than 5:00 pm. 

6.  A garden hose with a water supply shall be available near the area where the burning is done, and a competent person shall be in attendance at all times until the fire has been extinguished. 

7.  All burning in an incinerator is prohibited. 

Permits are required for all "Agricultural Burning" and can be obtained at the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, 24580 Silver Cloud Court, Monterey, 8 am - 5 pm on weekdays, or by phone, (831)647-9411. 

This information in no way relieves your responsibilities to neighboring properties and to burn in the prescribed manner .  Please be courteous of your neighbors.  Notify your neighbors prior to burning.  Stop burning if smoke drifts onto your neighbor's house and adversely impacts their property.  Neglect burning may result in a fine and/or liability to pay for fire suppression costs. 

OPEN BURNING REQUIREMENTS FROM MONTEREY UNIFIED AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT
You must comply with the following requirements in addition to those found in the Uniform Fire Code. 

  • Burning causes air pollution.  To minimize air pollution: 
  • You may burn on "permissive burn" days only.
  • You may not burn on "No burn" days.
  • You can inquire about the burn status each day by calling; 1-800-225-2876 (800-CAL-BURN)
  • Brush and trimmings from the property around a single or two family dwelling may be burned on the property only
  • No burning shall take place if there has been a quarter inch of rain in the past 72 hours.
  • All material must be dry and free of household rubbish and other debris.
  • Material to be burned must be well dried
  • Green cuttings (Flowers, etc.) - 10 days
  • Brush and branches 2 inches or less in diameter - 30 days
  • Trees and branches over 2 inches in diameter - 60 days
  • Tree stumps - 120 days
  • Burning of poison oak is prohibited.
  • Materials to be burned must be arranged in piles so as to minimize smoke production.  Generally, this means piles must be small enough to allow for adequate air supply to prevent smoldering and poor combustion.
  • No burning will be allowed if the smoke impacts neighbors or creates a public nuisance.
These requirements are enforced by Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District and you may be charged a fine for violations. 

If you have any questions about whether or not your proposed burn complies with these requirements, please call Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District - Enforcement Division at (831)647-9411