Smoke from outdoor burning contributes to our region's air pollution and can be harmful to the health of our residents. The burning of certain materials can result in toxic particulates and by-products that are dangerous to breathe. To protect public health and our region's air quality, outdoor burning in Sacramento is limited by a number of regulations.
Outdoor burning includes agricultural burning, prescribed burning, open burning, and recreational burning. You can find additional details and information about requirements in the sections below. While certain exemptions are found in each rule, it is important to note that there is no exemption from burns that create a public nuisance per Sac Metro Air District Rule 402.
For burn day status, information about outdoor burning, or for more information about burning call our Burn Day Status line at 279-972-BURN (2876).
Sac Metro Air District staff are not first responders and do not extinguish fires. Contact your local fire department for any safety or hazard concerns related to fires.
Agricultural burning is the burning of agricultural waste material by growers who are producing an agricultural commodity. The agricultural material being burned must come from the same agricultural property it was grown on. Before burning, you must first obtain an annual agricultural burn permit.
Permittees must verify it is a legal burn day and receive authorization prior to burning by calling the burn day status line below after 8 AM-11 AM. To request for ignition on Saturday or Sunday, call Friday before 4 PM.
Prescribed burning or controlled burning is conducted by trained personnel to meet specific objectives such as resource management benefits, fire personnel training, or fire hazard reduction. For prescribed burns, you must submit a smoke management plan through the California Air Resources Board's Prescribed Fire Information Reporting System (link). Prescribed burns are also required to obtain an agricultural burn permit through the Sacramento County Agricultural Commissioner's Office (see above) or the Sac Metro Air District.
Open burning is illegal in most parts of Sacramento County, including all cities within county boundaries. More info is located at our Open Burning Tips Flyer. Areas, where open burning is legal in Sacramento County are shown in the Burning Zone Map. Residents living in legal open burning areas may burn provided the following:
Sac Metro Air District Rule 407 Open Burn
Sac Metro Air District Rule 402 Nuisance
Sac Metro Air District Rule 421 Curtailment of Wood and Solid Fuel Burning, Check Before You Burn
California Code of Regulations (CCR) ATCM for Outdoor Residential Burning
Recreational burning includes bonfires and fires used for aesthetic purposes. Residents may recreationally burn provided the following:
To check the burn day status (November - February): Check Before You Burn