FEATHER RIVER AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

RULE 2.8 - FOREST MANAGEMENT, RANGE IMPROVEMENT AND PROPERTY BEING DEVELOPED FOR COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES
(Adopted 1/89)

When burning for the purpose of Forest Management, Range Improvement and disposing of wood waste from property being developed for commercial or residential purposes, the following applies:

  1. All burning to be done on days which the air movement is away from populated areas unless a variance is first obtained from the district Air Pollution Control Office.
    1. Burning shall be done as rapidly as practical within applicable fire control restrictions.
  2. If the burn is to be done primarily for improvement of land for wildlife and game habitat, it is required that a statement from the Department of Fish and Game certifying that the burn is desirable and proper, be filed with the district in accordance with Section 41861 of the California Health and Safety Code.
  3. When burning for the purpose of Forest Management, the waste to be burned must be wind-rowed or piled where feasible unless good silviculture practices dictate otherwise.
    1. The drying period shall be as required by designated agency.
  4. In accordance with Section 41802, 41804, and 41805 of the California Health and Safety Code, wood waste shall be burned on the property where grown and shall be free of material that was not grown on the property.
  5. When burning wood waste from property being developed for commercial or residential purposes, the developer has the burden of proving that there is no other feasible and reasonable means of disposal.
    1. Permits for this type of burning must be obtained from the Air Pollution Control Officer.
    2. Under no circumstances can this type of burning be allowed on a 'no-burn' day.
    3. Prior to ignition of any fire the permittee must first obtain authorization to burn from the Air Pollution Control Officer. This authorization must be obtained on the day of intended burning.
  6. Range improvement burning and burning of waste developed from property being developed for commercial or residential purposes must be 'brush treated' prior to burning.
    1. For a period of six (6) months when by herbicide desiccation and left standing.
    2. For a period of thirty (30) days when felled, crushed, or up rooted with mechanical equipment.
  7. If proposed burning meets the definition in Rule 2.17a then burn must be in accordance with Rule 2.17.