SOUTH COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT




RULE 444. OPEN FIRES

(Adopted October 8, 1976)(Amended October 2, 1981) (Amended October 2, 1987)

(a) A person shall not burn or allow the burning of combustible materials in an open outdoor fire within the District without first obtaining a written permit, as required by Rule 208, for such burning from the Executive Officer and, when required, from the local fire protection agency. A burning permit may be granted only:

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), a person may burn or allow the burning of combustible materials in an open outdoor fire for any of the following purposes, provided such fire is set by, under the jurisdiction of, or pursuant to the requirements of, a fire protection agency:

(c) The Executive Officer shall be notified prior to burning conducted under the provisions of subsections (b)(1) or (b)(2).

(d) Open burning pursuant to subsections (a), (b)(1), or (b)(2) is not allowed when prohibited by Regulation VII or in any Geographical Area of the District when the Executive Officer prohibits open burning in that Area due to adverse meteorological conditions determined pursuant to section (f), except as provided in section (e).

(e) Open burning pursuant to subsection (b)(1) is allowed in a geographical area of the District where open burning would otherwise be prohibited due to adverse meteorological conditions determined pursuant to subsection (f), provided such burning is for training fires of 30 minutes duration each or less using as fuel only clean, not waste, liquified petroleum gas or a petroleum liquid having an API gravity of at least 30.

(f) The Executive Officer shall, for each Geographical Area, determine meteorological conditions which will cause open burning to have an adverse effect on the ambient air quality in that Area. A list of the geographical areas and specific meteorological conditions for each Area shall be maintained at the District Headquarters and shall be available to the public.

(g) The provisions of this rule shall not apply to recreational fires, ceremonial fires, cooking fires, or open fires on islands located 15 miles or more from the mainland coast.

(h) Wildland Vegetation Management Burning