The Sonora Fire Department requires burn permits within the city limits of Sonora. Burning by commercial businesses requires a burn permit from the Air District. Any hazard reduction burning greater than two (2) acres requires a burn permit from the Air District.
Burning on a no-burn day or burning prohibited non-vegetative material can incur monetary penalties of up to $1,000 per day. It is your responsibility to determine if it is a burn day in Tuolumne County by calling (209) 533-5598. For more information, the Air District can be contacted at 533-5693.
Burn only clean dry vegetation. Burning non-vegetation, wet vegetation, burning in a burn barrel, and burning on a no burn day are violations of Air District rules. If smoke from your fire is creating a nuisance to your neighbors, you are required to put the fire out. Please consider alternatives to burning such as chipping, recycling or composting.
As an alternative to burning, the following companies are currently accepting vegetation:
Cal Sierra Waste Management
14959 Camage Road
18629 Eagle Ridge Drive
Plainview Slash Site - Twain Harte
Hwy 108 and Plainview Drive