Residents urged to heed rules for burn permits |

Residents urged to heed rules for burn permits

The Truckee Fire Protection District has recently received many calls for people burning yard debris without a burn permit.

People should pay attention to the following rule:

– Burning yard debris requires a burning permit that can be obtained at either the downtown Fire Station 91, 10049 Donner Pass Road from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.; or Fire Station 92, located at 11473 Donner Pass Road where personnel are on duty 24 hours per day 7 days per week.

– Burn permits are only for yard debris (twigs, pine needles, plants and branches). The burn pile can only be a maximum of 4 feet by 4 feet by 4 feet in diameter to qualify as a dooryard burn permit. You may only have one burn pile burning at a time. Burning is only allowed during daylight hours. The pile must be dead out by dark. For project burning, lot clearing with large debris such as logs, stumps, etcetera, a project burn permit is required. You can contact the fire district at 582-7850 with information on how to obtain a project burn permit.

– The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District or the California State Forester determines whether it is a permissive burn day. To find out of it is a burn day, call the information number, 582-1027. The recording is updated daily.

Many people question burning on a breezy day. It is OK to burn on a breezy day as long as the fire weather forecast indicates that it is a safe day to burn. It is actually preferred to burn when it is breezy so that the smoke dissipates.

Other regulations that must be followed will be given when a burn permit is picked up. Burn permits are free of charge.

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