(Adopted 05-24-77; Revised 06-19-79, 04-21-81, 03-06-90)

  1. The Air Pollution Control Officer may, by special permit, authorize:
    1. Agricultural burning on days designated by the Air Resources Board or Air Pollution Control Officer as "no-burn days" if the denial of such permit would threaten imminent and substantial economic loss. The granting of an exception does not exempt the applicant from any other District or fire control regulations. Such authorization shall be limited to the amount of acreage which can be burned in any one day and when downwind metropolitan areas are forecasted by the Air Resources Board to achieve the Ambient Air Quality Standards. Within five days of granting such a permit the applicant shall submit in writing the conditions and reason for the exception.
    2. The burning of empty sacks or containers which contained pesticides or other toxic substances on the premises where used, providing the sacks or containers are within the definition of "agricultural wastes" as specified in RULE 102.
  2. Range improvement burning during the period between January 1 and May 31, providing that more than 50 percent of the land has been brush treated.
  3. Open burning in agricultural operations in the growing of crops or raising of fowl or animals or disease or pest prevention, at altitudes above 3,000 feet mean sea level (msl).
  4. Open burning conducted for forest management, range improvement, wildland vegetative management or the improvement of land for wildlife and game habitat above 6,000 feet mean sea level (msl).
  5. Upon request from a permittee through a designated agency, seven days in advance of a specific range improvement burn, forest management burn, or wildland vegetative management burn at any elevation below 6,000 feet mean sea level (msl) a permissive-burn or no-burn notice will be issued by the Air Resources Board up to 48 hours prior to the date scheduled for the burn. The Air Resources Board may cancel any notice issued more than twenty-four hours in advance if necessary to maintain suitable air quality.