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Before You Burn


Always Check

During times of the year, when fire danger is acceptably low, outdoor residential debris burning of dead vegetation is allowed in many areas. You should always check with your local CAL FIRE or local fire department to obtain any permits that may be required. As of May 1st, 2017 Residential Burn Permits are required. Amador County Burn Permit Webpage to find out if it is a permissive burn day and whether or not other permits are required in your area.

always follow these instructions:

While burning outdoors may be the most convenient way to get rid of landscape debris, extra caution is required to ensure a wildfire is not sparked.


Please follow these measures to ensure safe operations:

  1. Call 209-223-6246 prior to lighting any outdoor fire.
  2. Contact your local fire agency for burn permit requirements.
  3. A CAL FIRE Burn Permit is required for debris piles less than 4′ x 4′. Pick up your free permit at the CAL FIRE Sutter Hill Fire Station located at 1160 Highway 49 in Sutter Creek (Sutter Hill).
  4. Amador Air District Burn Permit is required for debris piles 4′ X 4′ and larger. The cost is $30 per year. Please call 209-257-0112 for information. Burn only on permissive burn days (call 209-257-0112 prior to igniting a burn pile).
  5. NEVER burn on windy days.
  6. Only dry, natural, vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings that originated on the property may be burned.
  7. Burning household garbage is NOT allowed.
  8. Provide at least 10′ diameter of clearance down to mineral soil around the debris pile by removing all material that could ignite and start an unwanted fire.
  9. Have a water source on hand such as a charged garden hose or a minimum of a 5-gallon backpack water pump.
  10. A responsible adult needs to be in attendance at all times during burning operations.
  11. Watch where your smoke is going. Burn only when smoke travels away from your neighbors.
  12. Never leave your fire unattended.

Emergency Phone #S



Local Air District:

Dying Trees?
Contact the Society of American Foresters:

Amador Sheriff Office Dispatch
Non-emergency & smoke check: 
(209) 223-6513

530-644-2345 & 530-647-5218


Non-emergency: 209-296-5122

Amador County Animal Response Team (ACART):
For help with animals during an emergency: