GLEAPCD RULE 14 PREPARATION OF MATERIAL TO BE BURNED          
LAST REVISED 11/11/11
          
          
       Sec 14.  PREPARATION OF MATERIAL TO BE BURNED.  Materials to be
                disposed of by open fires in agricultural operations 
                shall be dry enough to assure complete combustion, and 
                shall be free from extraneous materials.  The following 
                are minimum standards for the preparation of material to 
                be disposed of by open fires in agricultural operations.

                A.  Material to be burned shall be free of extraneous
                    materials including, but not limited to, tires, 
                    rubbish, tar paper and construction debris.

                B.  Material to be burned shall be arranged so that it
                    will burn with a minimum of smoke and, except for 
                    large trees and refuse from clover harvesting, only 
                    that amount that can reasonably be expected to 
                    completely burn within the following 
                    twenty-four (24) hours shall be ignited on any 
                    one day.

                C.  Material to be burned shall be reasonably free of
                    dirt, soil and visible surface moisture.

                D.  To lower the moisture content of material to be
                    burned by open fires in agricultural operations, the 
                    elapsed time between cutting and burning shall be:

                    1.  A minimum of three (3) days for stubble, except
                        rice straw.  (See 14.3).

                    2.  A minimum of thirty (30) days for trees, stumps
                        and large branches greater than six (6) inches in 
                        diameter, and such time necessary to assure rapid 
                        and complete combustion with a minimum of smoke.

                    3.  Sufficient time for other material 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 Control Officer may by permit authorize open
                        burning in agricultural operations in shorter times 
                        if the denial of such permit would threaten 
                        imminent and substantial economic loss.

       Sec 14.1  RANGE IMPROVEMENT BURNING.  In addition to the general
                 agricultural burning requirements of this Article, range
                 improvement burning shall be performed in compliance with 
                 the following:

                 A.  Only approved ignition devices shall be used for the
                     ignition of fires used in range improvement burning.  
                     The Air Pollution Control Officer shall prepare and 
                     publish a list of devices that he has approved for the 
                     purpose of igniting fires used in range improvement 
                     burning.

                 B.  Fires used in range improvement burning shall be
                     ignited as rapidly as possible consistent with 
                     applicable fire control restrictions.

                 C.  Range improvement burning shall not be performed when
                     the ground wind speed exceeds eight (8) miles per hour 
                     in the direction of any populated area within 
                     one (1) mile of the burn.

                 D.  Brush to be disposed of during a range improvement
                     burn shall be treated at least six months prior to 
                     the burn.  The Air Pollution Control Officer may, by 
                     permit, authorize range improvement burning of brush 
                     without the required treatment if he finds that it is 
                     not economically and technically feasible.

                 E.  Unwanted trees over six inches in diameter shall be
                     felled and dried for thirty (30) days prior to a range
                     improvement burn.

                 F.  No range improvement burning shall be done primarily
                     for improvement of land for wildlife and game habitat 
                     unless prior to the burn the permit applicant files 
                     with the Air Pollution Control Officer, a statement 
                     from the Department of Fish and Game certifying that 
                     the burn is desirable and proper.

                 G.  A total of no more than 3,000 acres may be burned per
                     day for range improvement within the district.

       Sec 14.2  FOREST MANAGEMENT BURNING.  In addition to the general
                 agricultural burning requirements of this Article, forest
                 management burning shall be performed in compliance with 
                 the following:

                 A.  Only approved ignition devices shall be used for the
                     ignition of fires used in forest management burning.  
                     The Air Pollution Control Officer shall prepare and 
                     publish a list of devices that he has approved for the 
                     purpose of igniting fires used in forest management 
                     burning.

                 B.  Fires used in forest management burning shall be
                     ignited as rapidly as possibly consistent with 
                     applicable fire control restrictions.

                 C.  Forest management burning shall not be performed when
                     the ground wind speed exceeds eight (8) miles per hour 
                     in the direction of any populated area within one mile 
                     of the burn.

                 D.  Waste to be disposed of by forest management burning
                     shall not be burned within thirty (30) days of cutting.

                 E.  Waste to be disposed of by forest management burning
                     shall be free of tires, rubbish, tar paper and 
                     construction debris.

                 F.  Waste to be disposed of by forest management burning
                     shall be windrowed or piled, unless good silvicultural 
                     practice dictates otherwise.

                 G.  Waste to be disposed of by forest management burning
                     shall be reasonably free of dirt and soil, and so 
                     piled or prepared that it will burn with a minimum of 
                     smoke.

                 H.  A total of no more than 3,000 acres may be burned per
                     day for forest management burning within the district.

       Sec 14.3  RICE STRAW BURNING.  In addition to the general
                 agricultural burning requirements of this article, rice 
                 straw burning shall be performed in compliance with the 
                 following:

                 A.  All rice harvesters shall employ a mechanical straw
                     spreader to insure even distribution of the straw, 
                     except that rice straw may be left in rows providing 
                     it meets drying time criteria prior to a burn as 
                     described in C of this Section.

                 B.  No spread rice straw shall be burned prior to a 
                     three (3) day drying time after harvest.

                 C.  No rowed rice straw shall be burned prior to a
                     ten (10) day drying time after harvest.

                 D.  Rice straw rowed or spread may be burned prior to the
                     3 to 10 day drying period if the straw makes an 
                     audible crackle when tested just prior to burning with 
                     the testing method described in F below of this 
                     Section.

                 E.  After a rain exceeding .15 inch (fifteen hundredths of 
                     an inch), rice straw shall not be burned unless the 
                     straw makes an audible crackle when tested just prior
                     to burning with the testing method described in F 
                     below of this Section.

                 F.  When testing field for moisture, the person 
                     responsible for the fire or his agent shall test a 
                     composite sample of straw from under the mat, in the 
                     center of the map and from different areas of the 
                     fields to insure a representative sample.  The 
                     composite handful of straw shall be grasped in both
                     hands and bent sharply.  If the straw makes an audible 
                     crackle when bent sharply the straw has passed the 
                     test.

                 G.  Rice stubble is to be ignited only by stripfiring
                     into the wind or by backfiring except where and when 
                     extreme fire hazards are declared to exist by the 
                     appropriate fire control agency.

       Sec 14.4  WILDLAND VEGETATION MANAGEMENT BURNING.  In addition to
                 the general agricultural burning requirements of this 
                 article, wildland vegetation management burning shall be 
                 performed in compliance with the following:

                 A.  Any proposed burn which encompasses a land area
                     greater than 30.0 acres and which occurs at or above 
                     a mean elevation of 1000 feet shall submit a burn plan 
                     to the Air Pollution Control District at least 
                     seven (7) days prior to the burn. A burn plan shall 
                     include the following data:

                     1.  Acreage covered by the burn
                     
                     2.  Location of the burn site
                     
                     3.  Type and condition of fuel and objectives of the
                         burn 
                     
                     4.  Direction and distance to populated or sensitive
                         receptor areas
                        
                     5.  Project burn schedule (ignition to burndown) and
                         fuel combustion prescription elements
                        
                     6.  Meteorological prescription and forecast for the
                         burn
                        
                     7.  Specifications for monitoring and verifying
                         project parameters
                        
                     8.  Procedures for notifying the public and other
                         agencies of the burn

                 B.  Burn plans proposed for the fallburn season
                     (September 15 through November 30) shall be submitted 
                     to the APCD by September 10.

                 C.  During the fall burn season, the APCD shall be
                     notified 48 hours prior to the proposed burn in order 
                     that the appropriate air quality management decisions 
                     can be made.

                 D.  No more than 1,500 acres of wildland vegetation as
                     defined in these rules shall be burned on any one day 
                     within the Glenn County APCD.  Prior approval of 
                     exception to the 1,500 acre limit may be granted by 
                     the Glenn County APCD.

                 E.  All vegetative wastes to be open burned shall be
                     ignited only with approved ignition devices.

                 F.  The Air Pollution Control Officer may restrict
                     burning on permissive burn days if such burning could 
                     cause or contribute to extreme adverse air quality 
                     conditions or cause a public nuisance.