NORTHERN SONOMA COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT

2-200 DEFINITIONS

2-201 Agricultural Burning -

  1. Open outdoor fires used in agricultural operations to dispose of materials produced wholly from operations in the growing of crops or raising of fowl or animals, or open out-door fires used in forest management, range improvement, or the improvement of land for wildlife and game habitat, or disease or pest prevention. (H & S 39011<a>)

  2. "Agricultural burning" also means open outdoor fires used in the operation or maintenance of a system for the delivery of water for the purposes specified in subdivision (a). (H & S 39011<b>)

  3. "Agricultural burning" also means open outdoor fires used in wildland vegetation management burning. Wildland vegetation management burning is the use of prescribed burning conducted by a public agency, or through a cooperative agreement or contract involving a public agency, to burn land predominantly covered with chaparral, trees, grass, or standing brush. Prescribed burning is the planned application of fire to vegetation to achieve any specific objective on lands selected in advance of that application. The planned application of fire may also include natural or accidental ignition. (H & S 39011<c>)


2-202 ARB - The California Air Resources Board.

2-203 Approved Combustibles - Paper, cardboard, brush, trees, native vegetation or other materials not prohibited by Health and Safety Code Sections 41800 through 41864 and as approved by the District. For agricultural open burning approved combustibles may include those intimately related paper and cardboard materials which are not wholly produced from agricultural operations. Examples of these intimately related materials are all-paper fertilizer sacks and paper or cardboard containers from hardware supplies which were used in the field.

2-204 Brush Treated - Material to be burned has been felled, crushed or uprooted with mechanical equipment, or has been desiccated with herbicides or is dead.

2-205 Designated Agency - Any agency designated by the Air Resources Board (ARB) as having authority to issue agricultural burning permits. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) are so designated within their respective areas of jurisdiction.

2-206 District - That Air Pollution Control or Air Quality Management District having jurisdiction in the area of the proposed burning.

2-207 Fire Hazard - For purposes of this Regulation, there are two types of fire hazards, imminent, and potential:

207.1 An imminent fire hazard is described as a hazard which presents imminent dangers to the health and/or safety of a person or persons and which becomes necessary for direct prevention by fire, and because of its imminency, not considerable for abatement by any other means. (41801<a> H & S)

207.2 A potential fire hazard is described as one which could in time present a hazard to the health and/or safety of a person or persons but which does not impose imminent fire danger and which is not abateable by any other means.


2-208 Forest Management Burning - The use of open fires, as part of a forest management practice, to remove forest debris or for Forest Management practices which include timber operations, silvicultural practices or forest protection practices.

208.1 Forest debris shall cease to be classified as agricultural waste once it has been removed from its original forest location, to its initial processing plant; or is removed to a log storage area which is not contiguous with the forested area.

208.2 Forest debris created from culling or salvaging operations within the forested area may be classified as agricultural waste if said operations result in a net reduction in total forest debris to be burned.


2-209 No Burn Day - Any day on which agricultural burning is prohibited by the ARB or by the District.

2-210 North Coast Air Basin - That area comprising the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District, the Mendocino County Air Pollution Control District, and the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District.

2-211 Open Outdoor Fire - Any combustion of combustible materials of any type, outdoors in the open, not in any enclosure, where the products of combustion are not directed through a flue.

2-212 Permissive Burn Day - Any day on which agricultural burning is not prohibited by the ARB or by the District.

2-213 Prescribed Burning - the planned application of fire to vegetation on lands selected in advance of such application, where any of the purposes of the burning are specified in the definition of agricultural burning.

2-213.01 Permit - as used herein refers to Air Pollution Control permits. In addition to Air Pollution permits Fire Protection permits may be necessary from the Fire Protection Agency having jurisdiction.


2-214 Range Improvement Burning - The use of open fires to remove vegetation for a wildlife, game or livestock habitat or for the initial establishment of an agricultural practice on previously uncultivated land; or re-establishment of an agricultural practice on land inundated by flood deposited debris.

2-215 Silviculture - The establishment, development, care and reproduction of stands of timber.

2-216 Timber Operations - Cutting or removal of timber or other forest vegetation.

2-217 Wildland Vegetation Management Burning - the use of prescribed burning conducted by a public agency, or through a cooperative agreement or contract involving a public agency, to burn land predominantly covered with chaparral, (as defined in Title 17, California Code of Regulations, Section 1561.1) trees, grass or standing brush.