NORTHERN SIERRA AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

RULE 302 - PROHIBITED OPEN BURNING
(Adopted: September 11, 1991)

No person, except as otherwise authorized in Sections 41801 - 41805.6, 41807 - 41809, 41811 - 41815 of the Health and Safety Code, shall use open outdoor fires for the purpose of disposal, processing, or burning of any flammable or combustible material as defined in Section 39020 of the Health and Safety Code, including, but not limited to, treated wood, tires, tar, plastics (except polyethylene sheeting used to cover debris piles of dry forest or other wildland debris for later, wet season burning), petroleum wastes, demolition debris, garbage, offal, carcasses of dead animals, or salvage of metal.

  1. Nothing in this rule shall be construed as prohibiting open outdoor fires used only for cooking food for human consumption or for recreational purposes.
  2. Nothing in this rule shall be construed as prohibiting open outdoor fires used to burn residential rubbish, when conducted in compliance with all rules and regulations. Residential rubbish is defined as rubbish originating from a single- or two-family dwelling on its premises, limited to the following materials: organic paper, organic cloth, organic cardboard, leaves, needles, twigs, tree and brush trimmings, dry grass and dry plants. Organic is defined as derived from living organisms and containing carbon in a free or combined state.