Backyard burn season not open, yet |

Backyard burn season not open, yet

Staff Reports
A plume of smoke rises over rooftops as ranchers burn fields near Highway 88.
Tim Berube | Special to The R-C

Ranchers burning fields along Highway 88 sent up a plume of smoke that had residents asking about a fire on Saturday.

Still weather over the weekend prompted several agricultural property owners to burn their fields.

East Fork Fire District has yet to open backyard burning for the season.

Traditionally, the season doesn’t open until the last week of October, when there has been some moisture to reduce the chance that a burn will get out of control.

Burn permits are available at all the fire stations in the Carson Valley, the East Fork Fire District office on County Road and at the Minden Inn.

Residents can also obtain a permit without setting foot outside their homes by going online to

Backyard burning is a long tradition in Carson Valley, stemming from agricultural burning, which follows different rules.

Residents are required to have a copy of the permit with them when they burn and to call 783-6497 before they burn to find out if and how long it’s permitted.

Backyard burning season stops in December because winter inversions will trap smoke near the Valley floor affecting air quality.

Prosecution for any escaped or negligently uncontrolled fires is a violation of county code and could result in a misdemeanor conviction, which is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine for $2,000.