SHAAQMD RULE 2:8 AGRICULTURAL BURNING
LAST REVISED 12/05/95

Rule 2:8. Agricultural Burning:

a. No person knowingly shall engage in agricultural burning unless he has a valid permit from an agency designated by the California Air Resources Board to issue such permits in the area where the burn will take place.

b. No permit shall be valid and agricultural burning is prohibited on No-Burn days except:

1. Open burning in agricultural operations in the growing of crops or raising of fowls or animals at altitudes above 3,000 feet mean sea level (msl), is exempt from these Agricultural Burning Guidelines.

2. Agricultural burning in areas at altitudes above 6,000 feet msl is exempt from these Agricultural Burning Guidelines.

3. By special permit, issued by the Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO), agricultural burning may be authorized on days designated as No-Burn days if the denial of such permit would threaten imminent and substantial economic loss. Special permits issued under this section shall comply with the following provisions:

a) The total acreage on any given day burned under special permits shall not exceed 10 percent of the acreage allowed to be burned on Permissive Burn days for that period of the year.

b) No special permits, except those for range improvement or forest management burning, will be issued to any person until the third day after a Permissive-Burn day or to any person who has not used (except for due cause) a prior Permissive-Burn day.

c) No special permits will be issued to any person unless burning under a special permit will comply with all applicable burning rules.

d) No special permits will be issued for any day on which it is anticipated the Federal ambient ozone standard of 0.12 parts per million (ppm) will be exceeded. Evaluation of possible exceedance can be done by evaluating ozone trends for the day and/or by considering levels of ambient ozone prior to the given day and or prevailing weather conditions.

e) No special permits shall be issued when burning under such permit would adversely affect air quality over populated areas.

4. The APCO may issue a special permit to allow range- improvement burning to be conducted between January 1 and May 31 on days designated as No-Burn days if 50 percent of the material to be burned has been killed. Such permit may be cancelled at the option of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) at any time if, in their opinion, such cancellation is required for the maintenance of suitable air quality.

5. Upon request from a permittee through a designated agency, seven days in advance of a specific range improvement or forest management burn at any elevation below 6,000 msl, a permissive-burn or no-burn notice will be issued by the CARB up to forty-eight (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.

6. Notwithstanding the above provision, the CARB may cancel Permissive-Burn notices that had been issued more than twenty-four (24) hours in advance if the cancellation is necessary to maintain stable air quality.

7. A Permissive-Burn or No-Burn advisory outlook will be available up to seventy-two (72) hours in advance of such burns.

c. Agricultural Burning Restrictions

1. Open burning of material directly related to agricultural operations in the growing and harvesting of crops or raising of fowls or animals.

a) The Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO) may restrict burning to selected permittees on Permissive-Burn days if the total tonnage to be ignited would discharge a volume of contaminants into the atmosphere sufficient to cause adverse conditions. In no event shall more than 10 percent of any single crop, or 3,000 acres, whichever is greater, be ignited on any given day.

b) Barley, wheat, and oat straw shall be ignited only by strip-firing into the wind or by backfiring, except where extreme fire hazard is declared to exist by fire control officials or where crops are determined by the APCO not to lend themselves to these techniques.

c) No field crop burning shall commence before 10:00 a.m. nor continue after 5:00 p.m. of any day. Ignition hours for all other agricultural wastes shall be between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., unless otherwise specified by the APCO. Fires must be completely out by 5:00 p.m.

For areas above 1,000 feet elevation, the ignition hours shall be set by the fire agency with jurisdiction over the burn site, but in no case shall ignition be allowed before 10:00 a.m. or after 12:00 midnight.

(Amended 12-5-95)

d) On Permissive-Burn days during the critical period from October 1 through November 15 of each year, open burning of material directly related to agricultural operations in the growing and harvesting of crops or raising of fowls or animals shall be limited each day to that amount that is estimated to be Shasta County's acreage allotment pursuant to the Basin allocation formula as delineated by the Sacramento Valley Air Basin Control Council.

Notwithstanding the above, the aforementioned acreage allotments shall not include burning conducted for the purposes of forest management and/or range improvement as defined within these regulations.

e) No field or row crop harvested prior to September 10 shall be allowed to be burned during the period from October 1 through November 15 of each year unless for good cause and with written authority of the District. In granting such written authority the district shall:

1) Ensure the amount to be burned is included in Shasta County's allotment as specified in (d) above;

2) Require a specific explanation of the agricultural practices that require immediate burning;

3) Require the person to specify the reason why the burning was not conducted prior to October 1;

4) Require the special permit to be valid only on Permissive-Burn days.

2. Range Improvement Burning

a) The APCO may restrict burning to selected permittees on designated burn days if the total tonnage to be ignited would discharge a volume of contaminants into the atmosphere sufficient to cause adverse conditions. In no event shall more than 2,000 acres be ignited on any given day. (Amended 7-28-87)

b) Brush shall be killed at least six (6) months prior to the burn if economically and technically feasible.

c) If the burn is to be done primarily for improvement of land for wildlife and game habitat, the permit applicant must file with the District a statement from the Department of Fish and Game certifying that the burn is desirable and proper.

3. Forest Management Burning

The APCO may restrict burning to selected permittees on Permissive-Burn days if the total tonnage to be ignited would discharge a volume of contaminants into the atmosphere sufficient to cause adverse conditions.

In no event shall more than 10 percent of any single crop or debris on 1,000 acres, whichever is greater, be ignited on any given day.

(Amended 7-28-87)

4. Wildland Vegetation Management Burning

Wildland vegetation management burning shall conform to the rules and regulations of the District and to the following requirements:



a) Any burn, regardless of size, that will occur below a mean elevation of 1000 feet, or any burn plan that encompasses a land area greater than 10.0 acres and that occurs at or above a mean elevation of 1000 feet shall submit the following data to the District at least seven (7) days prior to the burn:

1) Acreage covered by the burn plan;

2) Location of the burn site;

3) Type and condition of fuel and objectives of the burn;

4) Direction and distances to populated or sensitive receptor areas;

5) Burn schedule 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) Not more than 6,000 acres of wildland vegetation, as defined in the rules, shall be ignited on any one day within the Shasta County Air Quality Management District.

(Amended 7-28-87)