OPEN BURNING INDEX

Rule 300    General Definitions 
     300.1  Findings and Declarations

Rule 301    Compliance 

Rule 302    Air Pollution Permit
     302.1  Requirements
     302.2  Exemption

Rule 303    No-Burn Day
     303.1  Prohibition
     303.2  Exception

Rule 304    Smoke Management
     304.1  Requirements

Rule 305    Minimum Drying Times
     305.1  Requirements
     305.2  Exemptions

Rule 306    Agricultural Burning
     306.1  Agricultural Burning Requirement
     306.2  Exemptions

Rule 307    Wildland Vegetation Management Burning
     307.1  Wildland Vegetation Management Burning Requirements
     307.2  Burn Plan
     307.3  Exemptions

Rule 308    Nonagricultural Burning 
     308.1  Prohibition
     308.2  Exemptions

                              OPEN BURNING
     Rule 300  General Definitions

               A.   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.

               B.   Agricultural Wastes.
                    1.   Unwanted or unsalable material produced wholly
                         from agricultural operations.

                    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 sacks or 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, pallets, and the like.

               C.   APCD.  The Air Pollution Control District of El Dorado

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

               E.   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.

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

               G.   Designated Agency.  Any agency designated by the ARB as
                    having authority to issue agricultural burning permits. 
                    The U.S. Forest Service, the California Department of
                    Forestry and Fire Protection, are so designated within
                    their respective areas of jurisdiction.

               H    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.

               I.   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.

               J.   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.

               K.   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.

               L.   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.

               M.   Permits.  Air Pollution Control District 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 Rule 302.  

                    For any open burning, an appropriate permit is always
                    required, unless exempted.

               N.   Range Improvement Burning.  The use of open fires to
                    remove vegetation for a wildlife, game, or livestock
                    agricultural practice on previously uncultivated land.

               O.   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.

               P.   Silvicultural Practices.  Means the establishment,
                    development, care, and reproduction of stands of

               Q.   Timber Operations.  Is the cutting or removal of timber
                    or other forest vegetation.

               R.   Nuisance.  Health and Safety Code (Section 41700) shall
               S.   Exception.  The provisions of Section 41700 shall not
                    apply to odors emanating from agriculture operations
                    necessary for the growing of crops or raising of fowl
                    or animals.

          300.1 Findings and Declarations.

               Open burning of non-vegetative matter releases into the
               atmosphere unacceptable levels of pollutants, toxics, and
               other regulated substances which can include:  respirable
               particulates, carbon monoxide, heavy metals, acids, oxides
               of nitrogen and sulphur, cyanide, and many organics
               including PCBs, hydrocarbons, furans, dioxins, and
               aldehydes.  This burning produces ash frequently laden with
               toxics including heavy metals.  The smoke and ash created by
               such fires exposes County residents to airborne contaminants
               because of the County's basin topography and frequent
               inversions.  Significant potential for soil and water
               contamination result from the inappropriate and illegal
               disposal of ash from such fires.

               Open burning of paper contributes to the County's air
               pollution problem because papers are being burned which
               contain a complex collection of chemicals.  Additionally,
               burning of household wastes, construction wastes, commercial
               operations and other wastes, such as tires and petroleum
               products, are polluting the County's air.