MARIPOSA COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT

RULE 306 - AGRICULTURAL BURNING

  1. Agricultural Burning is defined in this rule as any open outdoor fire used in agricultural operations necessary for the growing of crops or raising of fowl or animals, or in Forest Management Burning, Range Improvement Burning, Wildland Vegetation Management Burning, or the improvement of land for wildlife and game habitat, or disease or pest prevention. (Section 39011)

  2. Agricultural Burning is also defined in this rule as any open outdoor fire used in the operation or maintenance of a system for the delivery of water for purposes specified in Subdivision A of this rule

  3. Permissive-Burn or No Burn Days.

    1. A notice as to whether the following day is a permissive-burn day, or no-burn day, or whether the decision will be announced the following day, shall be provided by the ARB Board by 3:00 p.m. daily for each of the air basins. If the decision is made the following day it shall be announced by 7:45 a.m. Such notices shall be based on the Meteorological Criteria for Regulating Agricultural Burning, Article 3, Section 80290 of the Agricultural Burning Guidelines.
    2. Agricultural burning is prohibited on no-burn days, except as specified in Section 80102, Section 80120, subdivisions (d) and (e), and as may be permitted by a provision in an implementation plan adopted pursuant to Section 89150 (c) (5).
    3. Upon request from a permittee through a designated agency, seven days in advance of a specific range improvement burn, forest management burn, or wildland vegetation management burn, at any elevation below 6,000 ft. (msl), a permissive-burn or no-burn notice will be issued by the State Board up to 48 hours prior to the date scheduled for the burn. Without further request, a daily notice will continue to be issued until a permissive-burn notice is issued.
    4. Notwithstanding subdivision (c) of Section 80110, the ARB may cancel permissive-burn notices that have been issued more than 24 hours in advance if the cancellation is necessary to maintain suitable air quality.
    5. A permissive-burn or no-burn advisory outlook will be available up to 72 hours in advance of burns specified in Subdivision (c)of Section 80110.


306.1 Agricultural Burning Requirement

  1. Agricultural burning is allowed by complying with the following Rules:

    1. 302 Burning Permit Requirement
    2. 303 Burn Days
    3. 304 Burning Management
    4. 305 Minimum Drying Time

  2. Burning conducted by a Public Agency or through a cooperative agreement or contract involving a Public Agency, shall comply with Rule 307, instead of this Rule.

  3. No burning shall be conducted for the improvement of land for wildlife or game wildlife or game habitat until the person who desires to conduct the burning files with the APCO a written statement from the Department of Fish and Game that certifies that the burning is desirable and proper. If the Department of Fish and Game wishes to conduct the burn itself, it shall, on its own behalf, issue and file the statement. (Section 41861).

  4. Agricultural waste material shall be windrowed or piled where possible, unless good silviculture practice dictates otherwise.

306.2 Exemptions

  1. The burning of empty sacks or containers which contain pesticides or other toxic substances is exempt from 306.1, provided that the sacks or containers are within the definition of Agricultural Waste - Rule 300(B).

  2. Open burning of agricultural waste above 3,000 feet and agricultural burning above 6,000 feet shall be exempt from Sections A through C of this Rule.