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The Lake County Board voted on March 9 to reinstate a temporary emergency ordinance that is effective through June 9, 2021, which allows open burning in unincorporated Lake County from sunrise to sunset only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The ordinance also permits open burning from sunrise to sunset on any day of the week if the burning occurs at least 500 feet from the nearest habitable structure.
Some unincorporated areas are also subject to their local fire protection district's open burning rules, which may be more restrictive.
A temporary emergency ordinance was in place from May through December, 2020, to restrict the open burning of landscape waste in unincorporated Lake County in recognition of the increased risk of negative health impacts from open burning on individuals infected with COVID-19. The most recent ordinance expired on Dec. 31, but has been reinstated for the spring landscape waste burning season.
Learn more about open burning regulations