(Amended May 1, 1989)

  1. No person shall knowingly set or permit agricultural burning unless he or she has a valid permit from the designated agency in the area where the burn will take place.
  2. Each applicant for a permit shall provide information required by the designated agency for fire protection purposes.
  3. Each applicant for a permit shall provide information required by the District.
  4. All material to be burned shall be reasonably free of dirt, soil, and excess moisture.
  5. Wherever possible, wastes shall be piled or windrowed in such a manner as to burn with maximum possible heat density and minimum smoke.
  6. All burning shall be ignited as rapidly as practicable within applicable fire control restrictions.
  7. All wastes shall be free of tires, tar paper, construction debris, or other types of rubbish likely to cause excessive smoke or obnoxious odors.
  8. Special consideration shall be given to burning operations confined to narrow inland river valleys where smoke containment may be restricted within the river basin and greatly decrease the prevailing visibility.
  9. All materials to be burned shall be ignited with an approved ignition device.
  10. A permit shall not be valid for any day ln which burning is prohibited by the designated fire control agency having jurisdiction over the site of the burn for the purpose of fire control or prevention.
  11. A permit shall be valid for only those days which agricultural burning is not prohibited by the Board or the District.
  12. Open outdoor fires must be controlled to such an extent as is technically and economically feasible to meet all federal and state air quality standards pertaining to air pollutants created by open burning operations.
  13. Material shall not be burned unless it has been allowed to dry for the following minimum time periods:
    1. Open burning in agricultural operations
      1. Dry cereal: 0 days
      2. Prunings and small branches: 3 weeks
      3. Large branches (6 inches and larger) and trees: 8 weeks
    2. Range improvement burning
      1. Treated brush: at least 6 months prior to the burn if economically and technically feasible
      2. Unwanted trees: 3 months
      3. All unwanted trees over six (6) inches in diameter shall be felled and dried prior to the burn.
      4. Notwithstanding all other provisions of this regulation, drying periods, brush treatment and felling of trees shall not be required if the Control Officer approves, in writing, a prescribed burn plan for a specified range improvement burn which, in the opinion of the Control Officer, is equally or more effective for the purpose of smoke management.
    3. Forest management and wildland vegetative management burning
      1. As required by the designated agency issuing the permit.
  14. The Control Officer may restrict burning to selected permittees on designated burn days if total tonnage to be ignited would discharge a volume of contaminants into the atmosphere sufficient to cause State ambient air quality standards to be exceeded.
  15. Maximum care must be taken to keep smoke from drifting into populated areas.
  16. Permittee should not burn when winds exceed 20 miles per hour or when weather conditions are unsafe to burn.
  17. All fires in any agricultural burning operation shall be started only on burn days, except as permitted under Rules 7.3 and 7.5.