Time is running out to torch those burn piles. Backyard green waste burning is open only until the end of April, but county air quality officials would prefer to see greenwaste turned into mulch at the City of Redding transfer station. Anything that can fit should be stuffed into greenwaste containers, and if requested the city will provide an extra can. Those who burn piles in Redding and in the Buckeye District need to get an 8 Dollar permit from the fire department at 225-4141 or the permit center at city hall or at www.ci.redding.ca.us. Burn piles must contain only clean dry vegetation such as leaves, Pine needles, and yard clippings. A 10-foot diameter should be scraped down to bare soil. A shovel and water supply should always be near at hand and burning or smoldering piles should never be left unattended. Piles can be a maximum of 4 feet high and 4 feet wide. Burning can only be done on burn days, determined daily by each county’s air pollution agency. Shasta County burn day information is available by calling 224-8777.