1. Wildland Vegetation Management Burning. Wildland Vegetation Management Burning is defined in this rule as the use of prescribed burning conducted by a public agency or through a cooperative agreement or contract involving a public agency to burn land predominately covered with chaparral (as defined in the California Administrative Code, Title 14, Section 1561.1), trees, grass or standing brush.
  2. Prescribed Burning. Prescribed Burning is defined in this rule as the planned application of fire to vegetation on lands selected in advance of such application, where any of the purposes of the burning are specified in the definitions of agricultural burning as set forth in Section 39011.

307.1 Wildland Vegetation Management Burning Requirements.

  1. This rule applies to all burning which meets the definition as stated in Rule 307, regardless of whether such burning also meets another definition within this regulation.
  2. All open outdoor fires shall be ignited only with approved ignition devices as defined in Rule 300.E.
  3. The APCO shall regulate total acreage or tonnage that may be burned each day within the district.
  4. The APCO will regulate burning or require mitigation when the meteorological conditions could otherwise cause smoke to create or contribute to an exceedance of a state or federal ambient air quality standard or cause a public nuisance.
  5. Vegetation burned under this rule shall be free of tires, rubbish, tar paper or construction debris, and reasonably free of dirt and soil.
  6. Vegetation will be in a condition to facilitate combustion and minimize the amount of smoke emitted during combustion.

307.2 Burn Plan.
The following information will be provided to the APCO for review and approval at least 10 days in advance of the proposed burn:

  1. Location and specific objectives of the proposed burn.
  2. Acreage or tonnage, type, and arrangement of vegetation to be burned.
  3. Directions and distance to nearby sensitive receptor areas.
  4. Fuel condition, combustion, and meteorological prescription elements, developed for the project.
  5. Projected schedule and duration of project ignition, combustion, and burn down.
  6. Specifications for monitoring and verifying critical project parameters.
  7. Specification for disseminating project information.

307.3 Exemptions.

  1. The APCO may exempt project burns smaller in area or tonnage than threshold levels established by the District.
  2. The APCO may exempt projects located in zones as established by the District.
  3. To receive a permissive-burn or no-burn notice, a permittee must submit a request for notice to the ARB at least seven days before the date of the burn. Such a notice will be issued up to 48 hours before the schedule commencement of the burn project; however, the ARB may cancel permissive-burn notices that have been issued more than 24 hours before project commencement if such cancellation is necessary to maintain suitable air quality.