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Smoke Management

Smoke management is the use of techniques such as meteorology, fuel moisture, fuel loading, fire suppression and other burn methods to minimize the smoke impacts from fires. Accordingly, the purpose of the District’s Smoke Management Program
is to minimize the air quality impacts of open burning.

Backyard burning is the burning of green waste material by occupants of single- or two-family dwellings.

Agricultural burning is used in the growing of crops, the raising of fowl, animals, or bees as a gainful occupation.

Prescribed burning is the use of broadcast or pile burns for the purposes of managing wildlands, range improvement, or improving wildlife habitat.

Development burns are for disposing of dry vegetation grown on a property being developed for commercial or residential purposes.

Applicable Rules and Regulations:
Rule 438
Title 17: Smoke Management Guidelines for Agricultural and Prescribed Burning

Burn Type Information
What are the different types of burns?
Trash Burning Ban
Warming Fire Guidelines

Health Effects of Smoke
How Smoke Can Affect Your Health
Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke
Visibility and Particle Concentration

Fire Agency Incident Report

Please contact us if you have questions (831) 647-9411.