SHASTA COUNTY AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT



Rule 2:6 Open Burning: General Provisions

(Amended 7-28-87, 12-5-95)

  1. A person shall not burn, allow to be burned, or allow to continue to burn any waste substance in an open outdoor fire, except:
    1. Agricultural burning by an agricultural operation with a valid permit and conducted pursuant to Rules 2:7 and 2:8.

      Permits shall be valid for the period specified by the issuing agency. All permits shall expire no later than the end of the calendar year.

      1. However, permits issued for agricultural burning in the growing of crops or raising of fowls or animals during the period October 1 to November 30 shall be valid only on days specified by the Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO) so as to comply with Rule 2:8.c.1.(d).
    2. Burning for the disposal of wood waste from trees, vines, or bushes on property being developed for commercial or residential purposes, or for the disposal of brush cuttings on the property where the brush was grown, when done:
      1. In compliance with Section 3712.A of the Shasta County Ordinance Code to reduce fire hazards, and
      2. When done with a valid permit, conducted pursuant to Rule 2:7, and
      3. Under the following conditions:
        1. In that portion of Shasta County below 1,000 feet or within the fire Districts of Mountain Gate, Shasta, or Shasta Lake, burning is allowed from November 1 to April 30 when the fire is ignited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Fires must be completely out by 5:00 p.m. (Amended 12-5-95)
        2. In the remaining portion of Shasta County above 1,000 feet, burning is allowed all year. Ignition hours shall be set by the fire agency with jurisdiction over the burn, but in no case shall ignition occur before 10:00 a.m. or after 12:00 midnight.

          Permits issued pursuant to this rule shall be valid for the period as specified by the issuing agency. (Amended 12-5-95)
    3. The Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO) is authorized to issue permits, valid for a period of up to one (1) year, for open outdoor fires in mechanized burners for the purpose of disposing of agricultural wastes, or wood waste from trees, vines, bushes or other wood debris free of non-wood materials, on the condition that no air contaminant is discharged into the atmosphere for a period or periods aggregating more than thirty (30) minutes in any eight-hour period that is:
      1. As dark or darker in shade than that designated as No. 1 on the Ringelmann Chart published by the United States Bureau of Mines, or
      2. Of such opacity as to obscure an observer's view to a degree equal to or greater than does smoke described in (a) above.
    4. The APCO is authorized to issue permits to the County of Shasta or any other city situated therein, or their agents or contractor for open outdoor fires to dispose of nonindustrial wood wastes from trees, vines, and bushes at disposal sites located above 1,500 feet elevation mean sea level when conducted pursuant to Rule 2:7 and under the following conditions:
      1. The California Air Resources Board has approved the use of open outdoor fires at the designated disposal sites to dispose of such wood waste;
      2. A burning permit has been issued by the fire protection agency having jurisdiction over the area in which the disposal site is located;
      3. A written statement approving such burning has been received by the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) from the owner of the land, the owner's agent, or other person lawfully in possession of the land on which the disposal site is located. (Amended 7-28-87)
    5. Burning by a public entity or utility for right- of-way clearing, levee, reservoir, and ditch maintenance, when done with a valid permit and conducted pursuant to Rule 2:7.
    6. Nothing in this article shall be construed as limiting the authority granted under other provisions of law to any public officers to set or permit a fire when such fire is, in their opinion, necessary for any of the following purposes:
      1. The prevention of a fire hazard that cannot be abated by any other means, when done with written authorization of such officer.
      2. The instruction of public employees in the methods of fighting fire.
      3. The instruction of employees in methods of fighting fire, when such fire is set, with a valid permit, on property used for industrial purposes.
      4. The setting of backfires necessary to save life, or valuable property pursuant to Section 4426 of the Public Resources Code.
      5. Disease or pest prevention, where there is an immediate need for and no reasonable alternative to burning.
    7. Burning for the disposal of residential rubbish of a single- or two-family dwelling on its premises in Shasta County, conducted pursuant to Rule 2:7, and under the following conditions:
      1. Within the boundaries of the Shasta Lake and Cottonwood Fire Districts or the city limits of Redding, Anderson, or Shasta Lake, burning is allowed from November 1 through April 30 when the fire is ignited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Fires must be completely out by 5:00 p.m. (Amended 12-5-95)
      2. In that portion of Shasta County below 1,000 feet or within the Fire Districts of Mountain Gate, Shasta, or Shasta Lake, burning is allowed from November 1 to April 30 when the fire is ignited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Fires must be completely out by 5:00 p.m. (Amended 12-5-95)
      3. In the remaining portion of Shasta County above 1,000 feet, burning is allowed all year. Ignition hours shall be set by the fire agency with jurisdiction over the burn, but in no case shall ignition occur before 10:00 a.m. or after 12:00 midnight. (Amended 12-5-95)
    8. Open outdoor fires used only for cooking food for human beings or for recreational purposes.
  2. Permissive or No-Burn Days:

The Shasta County AQMD may declare No-Burn Days in addition to those so declared by the California Air Resources Board.

In cooperation with the designated fire protection agencies, the Shasta County AQMD, upon a recommendation of the Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO), may designate any period other than those periods as specified in these Regulations in which land clearing, fire hazard reduction, or residential open burning may occur.

It is the intent of this rule not to permit open burning on days when such open burning is prohibited by fire protection agencies for purposes of fire control or prevention. (Amended 7-28-87)