NORTH COAST UNIFIED AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

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PROCEDURES


2-301 OPEN BURNING - AGRICULTURAL

With respect to the limitations of 2-400, open outdoor fires may be allowed only for the disposal of approved combustibles only on permissive burn days in the following agricultural operations as defined in 2-200.

301.1 Agricultural in the growing of crops or raising of fowl or animals.

301.2 Range Improvement to remove unwanted vegetation or to establish an agricultural practice.

301.3 Forest Management to remove forest debris.

301.4 Wildlife Management by the use of range improvement burning to enhance a wildlife or game habitat.

301.5 Wildland Vegetation Management by the use of prescribed burning.


2-302 OPEN BURNING - NON-AGRICULTURAL

Open outdoor fires may be allowed only for the disposal of approved combustibles on permissive burn days in the following non-agricultural operations.

302.1 Single or Two Family Dwellings for the disposal of approved combustibles burned on the property where generated is not restricted to permissive burn days except in the following areas:

The Humboldt Bay Air Basin (Appendix A)

The Ukiah-Little Lake Air Basin (Appendix B)

302.2 Property Development for the disposal of wood waste from trees, vines, or brush on the property where grown and which is being developed for commercial or residential purposes (H&S 41802).

302.3 Fire Hazard Reduction for the disposal of brush cuttings resulting from brush clearance done in compliance with local ordinances to reduce fire hazard on the property where grown (H&S 41802).

302.4 Right-of-way Clearing by a public entity or a utility.

302.5 Levee, Reservoir and Ditch maintenance.


2-303 BURN DAY DETERMINATION

303.1 Information as to whether a day is a permissive burn day or a no-burn day will be available from the designated agencies listed under 2-305 of this regulation, and will be transmitted to the general public by announcement over local radio and television stations. 24-hour burn conditions may be obtained by phoning:

North Coast Unified AQMD (707) 443-3091
Mendocino County APCD (707) 463-4391
Northern Sonoma County APCD (707) 544-BURN

303.2 Burning decisions will be made covering the entire California North Coast Air Basin; however, more restrictive conditions may be imposed for localized problem areas.

303.3 Upon request from a permittee through a designated agency, seven days in advance of a specific range improvement, forest management or wildland vegetation management burn at any elevation below 6000 feet (MSL), a permissive-burn or no-burn notice will be issued by the ARB up to 48 hours prior to the date scheduled for the burn. Without further request, a daily notice will continue to be issued until a permissive-burn notice is issued.

303.4 A permissive-burn or no-burn advisory outlook will be available up to 72 hours in advance of burns specified in 303.3.

303.5 The ARB or the District may cancel permissive-burn notices that have been issued more than 24 hours in advance if the cancellation is necessary to maintain suitable air quality.


2-304 BURNING PERMITS

304.1 Permits may be required as follows:

304.1.01 Agricultural Burning - permits are required and issued by the appropriate designated agency listed in 2-305.

304.1.02 Single and two-family dwellings- permit requirements of the fire control agency having jurisdiction in the area of the burn must be met for the burning of approved combustibles on the property.

304.1.03 Property Development - permits are required from the District for the disposal of brush clearance when done on the property where grown. Fire control agency permit requirements must be met.

304.1.04 Fire Hazard Reduction - permits are required from the District for the disposal of brush cuttings resulting from brush clearance done in compliance with local ordinances to reduce fire hazard on the property where grown. Fire control agency permit requirements must be met. (H&S 41802)

NOTE: District permits are preempted from the requirements of this regulation for the abatement of an imminent fire hazard as defined in 207.1 and pursuant to State Law H&S Code 13055.

304.1.05 Right-of-way Clearing, Ditch, Levee and Reservoir Maintenance - a permit may be required from the District (check with the appropriate District). Permit requirements of the fire control agency having jurisdiction in the area of the burn must also be met.

304.2 Each applicant for an agricultural burning permit in accordance with 2-301 of this regulation shall supply such additional information as is required by the ARB or the District.

304.3 Permits issued for agricultural burning shall bear a statement of warning containing 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 ARB or the District pursuant to H&S Code 41855."

304.4 Range improvement or forest management burning may be conducted by permit from a designated agency on no-burn days during the period between January 1 and May 31, providing that more than 50% of the land has been brush treated. The ARB may prohibit burning during this period if in the opinion of the Board, such prohibition is required for the maintenance of air quality.

304.4.01 If the burn is to be done primarily for the improvement of land for wildlife or game habitat, the Department of Fish and Game may specify the amount of brush treatment required.

304.5 Special permits for agricultural burning on no-burn days may be issued by the District if denial of such permit would threaten imminent and substantial economic loss.


2-305 DESIGNATED AGENCIES - Agricultural burning permits are issued ONLY by the following designated agencies within their areas of jurisdiction:

Arcata Fire Department
California Department of Forestry
Cloverdale Fire Department
Eureka Fire Department
Forestville Fire Protection District
Fort Bragg Fire Department
Guerneville Fire Protection District
Healdsburg Fire Department
Humboldt Fire District No. 1
Little Lake Fire Protection District (Willits)
Mendocino County Air Pollution Control District
North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District
Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District
Potter Valley Fire Department
Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire District
Round Valley Fire District (Covelo)
Ukiah Valley Fire Protection District
United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
United States Forest Service