(Effective 1/17/73; Rev. Effective 3/27/90)

(a) In addition to any other requirements stipulated by the designated agency for the purpose of fire control and prevention, the material to be burned pursuant to Rule 102 and 103 shall be:

  1. Completely free of tires, tar paper, paint cans and other similar materials, and reasonably free of dirt, soil and visible surface moisture.

  2. Arranged to burn with minimum production of smoke.

  3. Allowed to dry, as follows:

    1. (i) 60 days for trees and large branches, 4" or more in diameter. At least 90% of all materials to be burned in connection with forest burning shall be treated.

      (ii) 30 days for prunings and all branches. (Less than 4" in diameter).

      (iii) 15 days for field crop wastes and other similar agricultural wastes.

      (iv) 10 days for all other materials not specifically listed above, provided, however, that the Air Pollution Control Officer or the designated agency may stipulate other drying times for any of the above items where such drying times can be reasonably expected to substantially reduce smoke which would otherwise be produced.

      An exception to the drying time limits, may be granted by the Air Pollution Control Officer, upon written request, if the vegetation is pest infested and requires immediate treatment by order of a legally responsible agency.

  4. Ignited as rapidly as practicable within applicable fire control regulations and with approved ignition devices only, if such devices are required.

(b) Open burning shall be prohibited when meteorological conditions could otherwise cause smoke to create or contribute to an exceedance of state or federal ambient air quality standards or cause a public nuisance.

(c) Open burning for "Forest management burning" requires waste being burned be windrowed or piled where possible, unless good silviculture practice dictates otherwise.

(d) Open burning for "Range management burning" requires:

  1. Brush be treated at least six months prior to the burn if economically and technically feasible; and

  2. Unwanted trees over six inches in diameter be felled and dried prior to the burn.

(e) Open burning for "Wildland vegetation management burning":

  1. Applies to burning which meets the definition of wildland vegetation management burning, regardless of whether such burning also meets another definition in Rule 101;

  2. Requires a project burn plan (required by Rules 102 and 103) be submitted to the District for review and approval in advance of proposed burning. The following information shall be included:

    1. (i) location and specific objectives of the burn project;

      (ii) total acreage or tonnage, type and arrangement of vegetation to be burned each day;

      (iii) direction 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.

(f) Open burning exceeding a predetermined size or tonnage threshold level, or for projects situated in zones specified by the District may have limitations imposed on the total tonnage of vegetation that may be burned each day within the District.