Once I have an air pollution permit, how should I burn my material?

All material must be dry and reasonably free from dirt, soil, and surface moisture. Burning dry material takes less effort, creates less smoke, and may not cause a nuisance or complaints.

Material Size Drying Times

  • Fine prunings or cuttings less than 3 inches in diameter - 15 days
  • Smaller than 6 inches in diameter - 3 to 6 weeks
  • Greater than 6 inches in diameter - 6 weeks

Burning Process

Only material that amount of vegetation that can be reasonably expected to burn before the next day. Before it rains, prevent your material from getting wet by covering it with a tarp. If you pile is wet, let it dry a few days. Burn in a manner to prevent excessive smoke. Excessive smoke is that which causes a nuisance.

Vegetation shall be stacked in such a manner to promote drying and ensure combustion with a minimum amount of smoke. Burning shall be curtailed when smoke is drifting into a nearby populated area or when it is or may become a nuisance or hazard. Vegetation to be burned should be ignited as practicable with applicable fire control restrictions.

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1. What is land development burning?
2. Do I need a burn permit from the Air Pollution Control District?
3. What can be burned?
4. What are illegal-disallowed combustibles?
5. Are there alternatives to burning?
6. Once I have an air pollution permit, how should I burn my material?
7. Can I burn stumps or larger vegetation?
8. When can I burn?
9. Who can I contact for information on burning and air quality?