AMAAPCD RULE 311 MISCELLANEOUS BURNING
LAST REVISED 11/11/11

Rule 311  Miscellaneous Burning

     311.1.    Land Development Clearing.  The APCD finds it more
               economically desirable to dispose of wood waste
               from trees, vines, and bushes on property being
               developed for commercial or residential purposes
               by burning instead of burial at a sanitary
               landfill.  This material shall be allowed for
               disposal by burning in compliance with the
               following Rules:

               A.   Rule 302 Air Pollution Permit

               B.   Rule 303 Burn or No-Burn Day

               C.   Rule 304 Burning Management

               D.   Rule 305 Minimum Drying Time

     311.2.    Ditch and Road Maintenance.  The use of open
               outdoor fires for right-of-way clearing by a
               public entity or utility, or for levee, ditch, or
               reservoir maintenance shall be allowed in
               compliance with the following Rules:

               A.   Rule 302 Air Pollution Permit

               B.   Rule 303 Burn or No-Burn Day

               C.   Rule 304 Burning Management

               D.   Rule 305 Minimum Drying Time

     311.3.    Hazard Reduction

               A.   Any public agency authorized to engage in
                    fire protection activities, including but not
                    limited to a fire protection district, city,
                    city and county, or county fire department,
                    the California Department of Forestry, and
                    the United States Forest Service, may use or
                    permit the use of fire to abate a hazard. 
                    (Sections 13055 and 41801)

               B.   The burning shall be done in compliance with
                    the following Rules:

                    (1)  Rule 302 Air Pollution Permit

                    (2)  Rule 303 Burn or No-Burn Day

                    (3)  Rule 304 Burning Management

                    (4)  Rule 305 Minimum Drying Time

               C.   Exception.  If a fire officer with
                    jurisdiction determines that a condition
                    exists in which a fire hazard will have an
                    imminent effect on life or property, or where
                    other authorized officials determine that a
                    health hazard exists and that there is no
                    alternative to burning, all other provisions
                    of this Regulation shall be waived.

     311.4.    Fire Suppression and Training.  Nothing in these
               Rules and Regulations shall be construed as
               limiting the authority of any public fire official
               granted under provisions of law to:

               A.   Set or permit a fire when such fire is, in
                    his opinion, necessary for the instruction of
                    public employees, and/or volunteer fire
                    fighters, or on property used for industrial
                    purposes, when instructing employees in the
                    methods of fighting fires.

               B.   Set or cause to be set backfires necessary to
                    save life or valuable property pursuant to
                    Section 4426 of the Public Resource Code. 
                    (Section 41801)

     311.5.    Residential Maintenance.  Burning shall be allowed
               under the following conditions:

               A.   Burning shall be allowed only on the premises
                    of a one- or two-family dwelling where the
                    material originated.

               B.   The material to be burned shall consist only
                    of the following materials:  untreated wood,
                    paper, plants, cardboard, tree trimmings,
                    leaves, or lawn clippings.

               C.   The burning shall be done in compliance with
                    the following Rules:

                    (1)  Rule 304 Burning Management

                    (2)  Rule 305 Minimum Drying Time

               D.   Materials that may not be burned include, but
                    are not limited to, treated wood, demolition
                    debris, plastic, rubber (including tires),
                    tar paper, insulation, petroleum waste,
                    electrical wire, garbage, bottles, or cans.

               E.   Only approved ignition devices shall be used
                    as defined in Rule 300.2.C.

     311.6.    Recreational Activity.  The use of open outdoor
               fires in recreational activities shall be allowed
               under the following conditions:

               A.   Material to be burned shall be limited to
                    charcoal, untreated wood, or cooking fuels.

               B.   Only approved ignition devices shall be used
                    as defined in Rule 300.2.C.

     311.7.    Mechanized Burners

               A.   Requirements.  The APCO may authorize, by
                    permit, open outdoor fires for the purpose of
                    disposing of agricultural wastes, or wood
                    waste from trees, vines, or bushes, or other
                    wood debris free of non-wood materials, in a
                    mechanized burner such that no air
                    contaminant is discharged for a period or
                    periods aggregating more than 30 minutes in
                    any eight hour period which is

                    (1)  As dark or darker in shade as that
                         designated No. 1 on the Ringlemann
                         Chart, as published by the United States
                         Bureau of Mines, or

                    (2)  Of such opacity as to obscure an
                         observer's view to a degree equal to or
                         greater in value than does smoke
                         described in Rule 311.7.A.1 above.

               B.   In authorizing the operation of a mechanized
                    burner, the APCO may make the permit subject
                    to whatever conditions are reasonably
                    necessary to assure conformance with the
                    standards prescribed in this Regulation. 
                    (Section 41812)