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Open Burning

***Backyard Burn Season has ended and will re-open on December 1, 2023.

Backyard Burn Season: December 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023


Smoke management is the use of techniques such as meteorology, fuel moisture, fuel loading, fire suppression and other burn methods to minimize the smoke impacts from fires. Accordingly, the purpose of the MBARD's Smoke Management Program is to minimize the air quality impacts of open burning.

Backyard burning is the burning of green waste material by occupants of single- or two-family dwellings.  Backyard burn season is December 1 through April 30.

      BROCHURE: Backyard Burning of Dry Vegetation in San Lorenzo Valley

      BROCHURE: Backyard Burning of Dry Vegetation in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa CruZ Counties (excluding San Lorenzo Valley)

Agricultural burning is used in the growing of crops, the raising of fowl, animals, or bees as a gainful occupation.

Prescribed burning is the use of broadcast or pile burns for the purposes of managing wildlands, range improvement, or improving wildlife habitat.

Development burns are for disposing of dry vegetation grown on a property being developed for commercial or residential purposes. Please contact the MBARD office to apply for a Development Burn Permit.



Backyard Burn Permit Online Application (Available December 1, 2023)

Agricultural Burn Permit Online Application

Prescribed Burn Permit Online Application (For Support or Assistance: Irene Miranda 831-718-8021


Applicable Rules and Regulations:

Rule 438 Title 17: Smoke Management Guidelines for Agricultural and Prescribed Burning


Burn Type Information

What are the Different Types of Burns?Trash Burning BanWarming Fires Guidelines


Health Effects of Smoke

How Smoke Can Affect Your HealthVisibility and Particle Concentration


Recent Press Releases

BEU CAL FIRE Burn Permit Suspenion Lifted 12-7-2022BEU CAL FIRE Burn Permit Suspension 1-13-2021.pdfSanta Cruz County Burn Ban Lifted.pdfMonterey and San Benito Counties Burn Ban Lifted.pdf


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