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The annual backyard burn season for burning vegetation runs from December 1st through April 30th. Residents of one or two family dwellings (who meet the requirements specified) must obtain a permit for backyard burning at our Community Risk Reduction Office at 930 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz. Backyard burning that is done without permits or on no-burn days will be subject to fines, where applicable. For Agricultural Burn permits (for commercial farming), please contact the Monterey Bay Air Resources District.
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Fire extinguishers may be recycled by taking them to the Buena Vista Landfill Hazardous Waste Disposal Area. Central Fire District does not accept empty or expired fire extinguishers for disposal. Buena Vista Landfill Hazardous Waste Disposal Area 1231 Buena Vista Drive Watsonville, CA 95076 (831) 454-5153
Yes! Sand and sandbags are available to residents of Central Fire District in limited quantities during storm season to combat potential flooding conditions. Sand and sandbags are located at the Central Fire District fire station located at: 930 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95062. Residents are responsible for filling their own bags and are limited to 5 bags per residence.
Yes! Because a functioning smoke alarm is a critical part of home fire safety, we are happy to provide assistance to residents of the District if they are unable to change their smoke alarm batteries. If you would like help replacing the batteries in your smoke alarm, please call our Community Risk Reduction Division during business hours at (831) 685-6698. Working smoke alarms save lives!
No! Central Fire District will not accept fireworks for disposal. Please contact the CAL FIRE office located in Felton, CA at (831) 335-5355 to learn about your options for appropriately disposing of fireworks.