Santa Cruz County
All Backyard Burn locations within the CAL FIRE - Santa Cruz County Fire jurisdiction will need to obtain a Backyard Open Burn Permit from MBARD.
Open burn locations within Santa Cruz County, within a Local Responsibility Area or within a fire district that does not issue burn permits will also need a permit from MBARD. Additionally, Backyard Open Burn locations within the San Lorenzo Valley will need a Daily Burn Authorization from MBARD which can be found by clicking the link provided in your Burn Permit Approval Email.Santa Cruz CAL FIRE CZU News Release and Pile Burning Guidelines
Monterey and San Benito Counties
For open burnng in the Monterey County and San Benito County, use the CAL FIRE Burn Permit Responsibility Area Viewer below or click here to determine the Burn Permit Respnsibility Area of your burn location. Enter the address of your Backyard Burn Location in the search bar and read the associated information provided.
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.
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.
LINKS TO PERMIT APPLICATIONS:
Applicable Rules and Regulations:Rule 438Title 17: Smoke Management Guidelines for Agricultural and Prescribed BurningSanta Cruz County Guidelines for Pile Burning
Burn Type InformationWhat are the Different Types of Burns?Trash Burning BanWarming Fires Guidelines
Health Effects of SmokeHow Smoke Can Affect Your HealthVisibility and Particle Concentration
Recent Press ReleasesBEU 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