What you need to know before you burn in Redding


REDDING, Calif. - The Redding Fire Department lifted the ban on burn piles for all areas in the City of Redding on Monday, November 6.

City residents who would like to burn dry vegetation are required to obtain a no-cost burning permit from the Redding Fire Department website here. You can also get the permit at Redding Fire Department Headquarters, located at 777 Cypress Avenue in Redding.

Redding Fire Marshall Craig Wittner explained, "A proper burn pile is four foot in diameter and no more than say two feet in height. That's a safe size that most people can handle. You know we're not super strict on if it's a little bit bigger, a little bit smaller, that's fine but we look for four foot."

Wittner said a lot of residents forget that a burn pile is only meant for excess vegetation on a person's property that might not fit in your green bin.

"We discourage people from burning leaves because it creates a lot of smoke. And we discourage folks, actually, you can't burn lumber, cut lumber, garbage, refuse," Wittner said, "This is strictly for vegetation that someone is removing from their property. That's the intent behind what's called a door-yard burning."

Residents should only be burning dry vegetation, and it is actually illegal to add those restricted items to a burn pile, along with cardboard.

Burn permits state that residents in Redding must wait until 10:00 a.m. to start burning. Once the burn pile is lit, they have until 3:00 p.m. to add anything to their pile. The fire must be completely out by five in the evening, leaving a five-hour window for burning and two hours to cool down.

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