FEATHER RIVER AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

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

In addition to complying with 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. At anytime causes the aggregate of the acreage of all crops burned in the district on any single day to exceed the daily Agricultural Burning Allotment. Agricultural Burning Allotment is determined by the Sacramento Valley Air Basin Control Council according to guidelines they establish on a yearly basis.
    1. Agricultural Burning Allotments will be awarded on a first come basis except during the Fall Agricultural Burning Program when that program shall be followed.
    2. Agricultural Burning Allotments are valid only on the day issued.
  8. Is in conflict with or in violation of written procedures for issuance of Agricultural Burning Allotments during the Fall Agricultural Burning Program, as developed by the District Air Pollution Control Officer and adopted by the District Air Pollution Control Board.
    1. Issuance of daily agricultural burning allotments shall be covered by these procedures.
    2. Copies of these procedures shall be made available, upon request, to holders of agricultural burning permits.
  9. Exceeds agricultural burning allotments given to each permittee by the Air Pollution Control Officer, in order to comply with sections "g" and "h" above.
  10. Has not been issued an agricultural burning allotment except as authorized by Rule 2.5(e).
    1. No field crop acreage which was harvested prior to September 10th shall be burned during the Fall Agricultural Burning Program except as authorized by said program.
    2. No non-agricultural burning will be authorized during the Fall Agricultural Burning Program unless all burning allocations for the day have not been used.