State law requires that you notify the Forestry Commission prior to burning for forestry, wildlife management, or agricultural purposes. This includes burning for wildfire hazard reduction, brush control, endangered species management, wildlife habitat improvement, plant disease control, crop residue removal, and preparation of land for planting trees or agricultural crops.
The law also requires that you take precautions to prevent your fire from escaping. You must have an adequate firebreak around the area to be burned, and you must have enough personnel, tools, and equipment on hand to keep the fire under control at all times. All burning for forestry, wildlife, and agriculture must comply with Smoke Management Guidelines(pdf).
TO NOTIFY, CALL 1-800-777-3473.
You will be asked to provide:
- Name of person in charge of burn
- Phone number of person in charge
- CPFM number (if applicable) of person in charge
- County in which burning is to be conducted
- Specific location of your burn
- Purpose of the burn
- Acreage to be burned
- Tons of available fuel per acre
- Nearest smoke-sensitive area
- Distance to smoke-sensitive area
- The time you plan to start
The Fuel Load Estimation Guide was designed to help prescribed burners calculate fuel loads more accurately.
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