Cal Fire
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire)

MONTEREY COUNTY — Effective Dec. 4, the burn permit suspension in San Benito and Monterey counties has been lifted, announced Cal Fire San Benito-Monterey Unit.

Chief George Nunez Jr. formally canceled the burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Agriculture burns must be inspected by Cal Fire. 

Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture burns as well. This can be verified by contacting the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD).

Cal Fire burn permits are required for burning. While cooler temperatures and recent precipitation have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, property owners are asked to use caution while conducting agriculture burns. Always use caution when burning, follow all guidelines provided and maintain control of the fire at all times.

Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.

Property owners wishing to burn must verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning. Visit or call 800-225-2876.

Pile Burning Requirements

  • Only dry, natural vegetative material such as tree trimmings may be burned.
  • The burning of trash, painted wood or other debris is not allowed.
  • Do not burn on windy days.
  • Piles should be no larger than four feet in diameter and in height. You can add to the pile as it burns down.
  • Clear a 10-foot diameter down to bare soil around your piles.
  • Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
  • An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.

Safe burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, Federal and Local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.

For more information on burning, visit the Cal Fire website

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