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 open burning, recreational burning, agricultural burning and prescribed burning. You can find additional details and information about requirements and exemptions 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.
Sac Metro Air District staff are not first responders and do not extinguish fires. Contact your local fire department.
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 is 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
Agricultural burning pertains to the burning of agricultural waste material by growers who are considered agricultural by the Sacramento County Agricultural Commissioner's Office and producing an agricultural commodity. The agricultural material being burned must come from the same agricultural property it was grown on. You must first obtain an annual agricultural burn permit from the Sacramento County Agricultural Commissioner's Office (link). Permittees must verify it is a legal burn day prior to burning by calling the burn day status line below after 9:30 AM daily.
To check the Agricultural burn day status call (916) 875-6641
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).
Sac Metro Air District Rule 501 Agricultural Burning