Open burn permits are only for the purpose of disposing of excessive amounts of natural vegetation which is deemed a fire hazard in our community.
Tahoe Douglas Fire offers open burning in the Spring and Fall when conditions permit. Fire Captains are authorized to order the extinguishment of any unpermitted fire or any fire that “creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation” (IFC 307.3)
The Fire District offers other options to manage your natural vegetation such as offering free:
Requests for burn permits maybe granted through a defensible space evaluation (DSE). All permits will be issued at the site, after a site evaluation or DSE appointment. Please specify when making your request that you need a burn permit. To book your DSE appointment click here.
November 10, 2020 - Fire Marshal Guevin has confirmed that the District will not be able to allow any residential open burning in 2020 due to the extreme fire danger conditions that exist in the Lake Tahoe basin. We will continue to monitor the snow levels over the winter months and evaluate residential burning again in the spring of 2021. Look for an update in mid-April.
Once an open burning permit is issued, please conduct your burn according to the instructions below.