1. Any open outdoor fire used in agricultural operations in the growing of crops or raising of fowl or animals, or open outdoor fires used in Forest Management, Range Improvement, or the improvement of land for wildlife and game habitat, or disease or pest prevention (Section 39011).

  2. Any open outdoor fire used in the operation or maintenance of a system for the delivery of water for purposes specified in subdivision (1).

  3. Any open outdoor fires used in wildland vegetation management burning (Section 39011).

B. AGRICULTURAL OPERATION - The growing and harvesting of crops, or the raising of fowl or animals for the primary purpose of making a profit, or providing a livelihood, or the conduct of agricultural research or instruction by an educational institution.


  1. Unwanted or unsalable material produced wholly from agricultural operations directly related to the growing of crops or the raising of animals for the primary purpose of making a profit or for a livelihood.

  2. Materials not produced wholly from agricultural operations, but which are intimately related to the growing or harvesting of crops and which are used in the fields, such as fertilizer and pesticide paper sacks or paper containers where the sacks or containers are emptied in the fields. This does not include, however, such items as shop wastes, demolition materials, garbage, oil filters, tires, pesticide plastic containers (except paper pesticide containers), broken boxes, pallets, or other similar material, or orchard or vineyard wastes removed for land use conversion to nonagricultural purposes.

D. APCD - The Air Pollution Control District of El Dorado County.

E. APCO - The Air Pollution Control Officer of the Air Pollution Control District of El Dorado County, or designated representative.

F. APPROVED IGNITION DEVICES - Those instruments or materials that will ignite open fires without the production of black smoke by the ignition device, including such items as liquid petroleum gas (L.P.G.), butane, propane, or diesel oil burners, flares, or other similar material as approved by the APCO. Tires, tar, tar paper, oil and other similar materials are not approved ignition devices.

G. ARB - The California State Air Resources Board, or any person authorized to act on its behalf.

H. ATMOSPHERE - The air that envelopes or surrounds the earth. Where air pollutants are emitted into a building not designed specifically as a piece of air pollution control equipment, such emissions into the building shall be considered to be an emission into the atmosphere.

I. BURNING PERMIT - Air Pollution Control District Burning Permit is a permit issued by the APCD during the non-fire season. Burn Permit is a permit issued by a designated fire agency and contains the requirements of Section 300.4 B. of this Rule. For any open burning, an appropriate permit is always required, unless exempted.

J. DESIGNATED AGENCY - Any agency designated by the ARB as having authority to issue agricultural burning permits. The U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection are so designated within their respective areas of jurisdiction. Fire Agencies with jurisdiction for a local responsibility area (LRA) may be a designated agency for the purpose of regulating burning in the LRA only.

K. 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.

L. HOUSEHOLD RUBBISH - Those items such as treated wood, plastic, clothing, furniture, man-made products or domestic belongings common to a household, including garbage from such a dwelling.

M. LAKE TAHOE AIR BASIN - That portion of El Dorado County within the drainage area naturally tributary to Lake Tahoe including said Lake.

N. LANDFILL DISPOSAL COST - Means a given volume or specific items of waste charged to the public. The cost charged to the public for disposal of a given volume or specific items of waste had the material been disposed of at the landfill.

O. NO-BURN DAY - Any day on which agricultural burning is prohibited by the ARB or the APCO.

P. NUISANCE - Health and Safety Code (Section 41700) shall apply.

Q. OUTDOOR FIRES - Any fire not confined within a building or incinerator. Fires conducted in 55-gallon drums or similar containers are considered outdoor fires. The maintenance of 4x4 piles shall be in compliance with all other fire agencies.

R. PERSON - Any person, firm, association, organization, partnership, business, trust, corporation, company, contractor, supplier, installer, operator, user or owner, any government agency or public district or any officer or employee thereof.

S. PRC - The Public Resources Code.

T. PRESCRIBED BURNING - 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 (Section 39011).

U. 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.

V. SECTION - As used in these Rules and Regulations, unless some other code is specifically mentioned, all section references are to the California Health and Safety Code.

W. SILVICULTURAL PRACTICES - Means the establishment, development, care, and reproduction of stands of timber.

X. TIMBER OPERATIONS - Is the cutting or removal of timber or other forest vegetation.

Y. 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 (Section 39011. c.).