Backyard Burn Season Begins December 1st
The annual backyard burn season for burning natural vegetation runs from December 1st 2016 through April 30th, 2017. Residents of one or two family dwellings (who meet the requirements specified) may obtain permits for backyard burning at our main Administrative Office at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Burning will be allowed on permissive "burn days" or "marginal burn days" only, as reported by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District. For status on burn days, you can call the MBUAPCD at 1-800-CAL-BURN (225-2876).
The burn status number will list separate zones for burn days – all permits issued for the Aptos/La Selva Fire District are listed in the “COASTAL” burn zone. Also, there is a minimum size requirement of at least ½ acre on residential properties to be considered for backyard burn permits, and the clearance requirements around burn piles has increased from 50’ to 100’, to be in compliance with current Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District standards.
Backyard burning that is done without permits or on no-burn days will be subject to fines, where applicable. For more information on burn requirements, contact the Administrative Office at 831-685-6690.
The A/LSFD Admin. Office will be closed on the following dates for the holidays:
- Friday, December 23
- Monday, December 26
- Friday, December 30
We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!
Annual Food & Toy Drives Underway
The annual charity drives are in full swing, now accepting donations of non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toys for Second Harvest Food Bank and Toys for Tots. When donating food, please make sure your food is non-perishable, and packaging is unbroken. When donating toys, please bring only new toys, no wrapping, no toys of aggression (play guns, knives, etc.) and no stuffed animals without factory-sealed plastic. Donations of cash/checks for either charity can be mailed directly to the addresses below:
Toys for Tots - Santa Cruz County
Second Harvest Food Bank
1961 Main Street #113
Watsonville, CA 95076
For questions, call Delilah at 722-9566, or
visit online at: www.santacruzcounty.toysfortots.org.
800 Ohlone Parkway
Watsonville, CA 95076
Donations can also be made by phone at: 722-7110 ext 210 *OR* online at
Our Station 1 location (at 6934 Soquel Drive) will have a bin for recycling Christmas Trees starting December 26th (through mid-January). Please make sure trees are free of lights, tinsel, and other non-biodegradable materials before placing in the bins. The trees will be mulched and used for construction/landscaping projects throughout the county.