FEATHER RIVER AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

RULE 2.7 - AGRICULTURAL BURNING REQUIREMENTS
(Adopted 1/89)

In addition to complying with the annual "Sacramento Valley Air Basin Agricultural Burning Plan" as submitted to the Air Resources Board and other stated burning regulations, no person shall knowingly set or permit an open fire for agricultural burning or burning of agricultural waste that:

  1. Is not free of other wastes such as tires, rubbish, tar paper or construction debris;
  2. Is not reasonably free of dirt, soil and visible soil moisture;
  3. Is not arranged so that it will burn with a minimum of smoke;
  4. Has not been dried for the minimum drying periods as follows:
    1. Rice Straw:
      1. No spread rice straw shall be burned prior to a three (3) day drying time after cutting.
      2. No rowed rice straw shall be burned prior to a ten (10) day drying period after cutting.
      3. Items a and b above do not apply if the rice straw meets the rice straw dryness test just prior to burning.
      4. After a rain exceeding fifteen hundredths (.15) of an inch, the rice straw shall not be burned until it meets the rice straw dryness test just prior to burning.
    2. A minimum of thirty (30) days for trees, stumps and large branches greater than six (6) inches in diameter.
    3. Sufficient time for other agricultural waste such as orchard prunings, small branches, stubble, vegetable tops and seed screenings to assure rapid and complete combustion with a minimum of smoke.
    4. The Air Pollution Control Officer may by permit, authorize agricultural burning with less drying time, as required by these Rules and Regulations if the denial of such permit would threaten imminent and substantial economic loss.
  5. Is ignited by a means other than with approved ignition device.
  6. Does not conform with the following burning technique when burning barley, milo, oats, rice and wheat stubble or crop residue:
    1. All such fields shall be ignited in such a manner so that the resulting fire will be burning directly or obliquely into the wind as is commonly referred to as back-firing; or,
    2. By igniting strips into the wind; or
    3. By using both back firing and strip firing techniques.
  7. Exceeds the daily agricultural burn acreage allotment as determined by the Sacramento Valley Air Basin Control Council in guidelines established in the annual "Sacramento Valley Air Basin Agricultural Burning Plan."
    1. No field crop acreage which was harvested prior to September 10th shall be burned during the period of October 1st through November 15th of the harvest year, unless written authority is given by the Air Pollution Control Officer. In granting such written authority, the Air Pollution Control Officer shall do so only in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Sacramento Valley Air Basin Implementation Plan.
  8. Exceeds burning limitation placed on each permittee by the Air Pollution Control Officer.
    1. The Air Pollution Control Officer shall place acreage limitations on permittees such as to allow as many permittees as is practical to burn on that day without exceeding the burning limitations.
    2. Allocation of burning will be based on procedures established by the Air Pollution Control Officer.