EDAPCD RULE 300-3 STANDARDS
LAST REVISED 06/17/97



EL DORADO COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT

REGULATION III

OPEN BURNING

300-3 STANDARDS

A. AGRICULTURAL BURNING:

  1. Permissive-Burn or No Burn Days.
  2. a. A permissive burn or no-burn advisory outlook will be determined as specified in subdivision (c) of Section 80110 and Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations, which are adopted by reference.

    b. To obtain this information please call the Air Pollution Control District.

    c. The APCO may regulate total acreage or tonnage that may be burned each day within the district.

  3. Agricultural Burning Requirements.

  4. a. Burning conducted by a Public Agency or through a cooperative agreement or contract involving a public agency, shall comply with Section 300.3 G. Wildland Vegetation Management Burning of this Rule.

    b. Agricultural burning is allowed by complying with the following Sections of this Rule:

      a. Section 300.3 C. Minimum Drying Time.

      b. Section 300.3 D. No-Burn Day.

      c. Section 300.3 F. Smoke Management.

      d. Section 300.4 B. Burning Permit.

    c. No burning shall be conducted for the improvement of land for wildlife or game habitat until the person desiring to conduct such burning obtains from the Department of Fish and Game a written statement certifying that the burning is desirable and proper for the improvement of land for wildlife or game habitat and such statement is filed with the air pollution control officer having jurisdiction in the area in which the burning is to take place. As to burning conducted by the Department of Fish and Game, the department shall, on its own behalf, issue and file such statements (Section 41861).

B. FOREST MANAGEMENT/RANGE IMPROVEMENT BURNING:

  1. Forest management and range improvement burning are allowed by complying with the following Sections of this Rule:

  2. a. Section 300.3 C. Minimum Drying Time.

    b. Section 300.3 D. No-Burn Day.

    c. Section 300.3 F. Smoke Management.

    d. Section 300.4 B. Burning Permit

    e. Section 300.4 C. Burn Plan.

    f. Section 300.4 D. Burning Report.

    g. Section 300.4 E. 72-Hour/48-Hour Forecast.

    h. Section 300.4 F. 7-Day Notice.

  3. No burning shall be conducted for the improvement of land for wildlife or game habitat until the person desiring to conduct such burning obtains from the Department of Fish and Game a written statement certifying that the burning is desirable and proper for the improvement of land for wildlife or game habitat and such statement is filed with air pollution control officer having jurisdiction in the area in which the burning is to take place. As to burning conducted by the Department of Fish and Game, the department shall, on its own behalf, issue and file such statements (Section 41861). As to burning conducted by the U.S. Forest Service, the service shall, on it's own behalf issue and file such statements (36CFR241.2).

  4. All open outdoor fires shall be ignited only with approved ignition devices as defined in Section 300.2 of this Rule.

C. MINIMUM DRYING TIMES:

  1. Requirements. To lower the moisture content of the material being burned, the elapsed time between cutting and burning shall be:

    a. A minimum of three days for green straw and stubble.

    b. Vegetation such as orchard prunings, small branches, vegetable tops, and seed screenings, shall be in a dry condition to facilitate combustion and minimize the amount of smoke emitted.

    c. A minimum of six weeks for trees, stumps, and large branches greater than six inches in diameter or as otherwise determined by the Air Pollution Control Officer.

    d. Under Forest Management Burning the drying time shall be specified by the designated agency.

    e. Under Range Improvement Burning the brush may be felled, crushed or uprooted with mechanical equipment, or desiccated with herbicides, or dead at least six months prior to the burn if economically and technically feasible.

    f. Under Wildland Vegetation Management Burning, drying time will be stated in the Burn Plan, Section 300.4 C. of this Rule.

D. NO-BURN DAY

  1. Prohibitions:

    a. No person shall knowingly permit open outdoor fires on days when such burning is prohibited by ARB, the APCO, or the fire agency with appropriate jurisdiction.

    b. Designated fire agencies have authority to prohibit any burning due to high fire hazard or limitation of available fire fighting or control equipment.

  2. Exceptions:

    a. The APCO may issue a permit to authorize the use of open outdoor fires on No-Burn Days, when denial of such a permit would threaten imminent and substantial economic loss.

    b. The APCO may exempt non-agricultural burning on No-Burn Days when air quality and state or federal standards would not be violated as a result of such burning.

E. NONAGRICULTURAL BURNING:

  1. Prohibition: Except as otherwise provided in this Regulation, no person shall use open outdoor fires for the purpose of disposal or burning of petroleum wastes, demolition debris, tires, tar, trees, wood waste, household rubbish, or other combustible or flammable solid or liquid waste; or for metal salvage or burning of motor vehicle bodies (Section 41800).

F. SMOKE MANAGEMENT:

  1. Requirements.

    a. Material to be burned shall be arranged so that it will burn with a minimum of smoke.

    b. Only the amount that can reasonably be expected to completely burn within the following twenty-four hours should be ignited in any one day, except for large trees (diameter of six or more inches). Does not include prescribed burning.

    c. All outdoor fires shall be ignited only with approved ignition devices.

    d. Material to be burned shall be ignited as rapidly as practicable within applicable fire control restrictions.

    e. Burning shall be curtailed when smoke drifting into a nearby populated area becomes a public nuisance.

    f. No material shall be burned unless it is free of tires, household rubbish, tar paper, and construction debris; is reasonably free of dirt, soil, and moisture; and is loosely stacked in such a manner to promote drying and insure combustion with a minimum of smoke.

G. WILDLAND VEGETATION MANAGEMENT BURNING:

  1. Wildland vegetation management burning is allowed by complying with the following Sections of this Rule:

  2. a. Section 300.3 C. Minimum Drying Time.

    b. Section 300.3 D. No-Burn Day.

    c. Section 300.3 F. Smoke Management.

    d. Section 300.4 B. Burning Permit

    e. Section 300.4 C. Burn Plan.

    f. Section 300.4 D. Burning Report.

    g. Section 300.4 E. 72-Hour/48-Hour Forecast.

    h. Section 300.4 F. 7-Day Notice.

  3. This Section of this rule applies to all burning which meets the definition as stated in Section 300.2 of this Rule, regardless of whether such burning also meets another definition within this regulation.

  4. All open outdoor fires shall be ignited only with approved ignition devices as defined in Section 300.2 of this Rule.

  5. The APCO will regulate burning or require mitigation when the meteorological conditions could otherwise cause smoke to create or contribute to an exceedance of a state or federal ambient air quality standard or cause a public nuisance.

  6. Vegetation burned shall be free of tires, household rubbish, tar paper or construction debris, and reasonably free of dirt and soil.

  7. Vegetation will be in a condition to facilitate combustion and minimize the amount of smoke emitted during combustion.