GREAT BASIN UNIFIED AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT

RULE 411. Wildland Management Burning

ADOPTED 9/05/74 REVISED 3/10/76, 7/01/92

  1. No wildland management burning may be done without first having obtained a permit from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection or other designated agency having jurisdiction over the proposed burn locations. The form of this permit shall contain the following words or words of similar import: 'This permit is valid only on those days during which agricultural burning is not prohibited by the State Air Resources Board or by the Air Pollution Control Officer pursuant to Section 41855 of the Health and Safety Code.'
  2. No person shall conduct wildland management burning on "no burn" days as announced daily by the State Air Resources Board for the Inyo, Mono and Alpine Counties or when such burning is prohibited by the Air Pollution Control Officer except:
    1. When a permissive burn notice has been issued by the State Air Resources Board pursuant to Section 80110 (c through e), California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 17, and such notice has not been canceled by either the State Air Resources Board or the Air Pollution Control Officer.
    2. When the Air Pollution Control Officer has authorized, by special permit pursuant to Section 80120, California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 17, agricultural burning on days designated by the State Air Resources Board as no-burn days because the denial of such permit would threaten imminent and substantial economic loss. In authorizing such burning the Air Pollution Control Officer shall limit the amount of acreage which can be burned in any one day and only authorize burning when downwind populated areas are forecasted by the State Air Resources Board to achieve the ambient air quality standards. Every applicant for a permit to burn agricultural waste pursuant to this section shall provide information in writing to the Air Pollution Control Officer for evaluation, stating why the denial of such a permit would threaten imminent and substantial economic loss.
  3. Wildland management burning, when permitted, shall conform to the following criteria:
    1. Before a permit may be issued for a wildland management burn, a plan for the burn shall be submitted by the owner, or his agent, of the land on which the burn is proposed, to the District and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or other designated agency having jurisdiction over the proposed burn location. This plan shall:
      1. Limit the ignition of fires to approved devices.
      2. Limit the total acreage or tonnage of vegetation that may be burned each day.
      3. Limit 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.
      4. Require the vegetation to be burned to be free of tires, rubbish, tar paper or construction debris, and reasonably free of dirt and soil.
      5. Require the vegetation to be in a condition which will facilitate combustion and minimize the amount of smoke emitted during combustion.
      6. Include the following information which shall be provided to the Air Pollution Control Officer for review in advance of the proposed burn; i) location and specific objectives of the burn project, ii) acreage or tonnage, type, and arrangement of vegetation to be burned, iii) directions and distances to nearby sensitive receptor areas, iv) fuel condition, combustion, and meteorological prescription elements developed for the project, v) projected schedule and duration of project ignition, combustion, and burndown, vi) specifications for monitoring and verifying critical project parameters, and vii) specifications for disseminating project information. For projects located in areas above 11,000 feet, the plan shall be approved by the Air Pollution Control Officer in advance of the proposed burn.
    2. The material to be burned shall be ignited only by devices approved by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or the local fire protection agency, and ignition shall be as rapid as practicable within applicable fire control restrictions.
    3. Burning shall not be allowed on Sundays or legal holidays.
    4. All burning shall conform to the applicable juris- dictional fire code(s).
    5. Burning shall be curtailed when smoke is drifting into a populated area or creating a public nuisance.
  4. The total amount of material burned in any one day, may be limited by the District, taking into consideration matters which would affect the ambient air quality of the District.