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What is Open Burning?

Open burning is defined as the ignition and subsequent burning, or ignition, rapid decomposition and subsequent burning of solid, liquid, or gaseous materials, outside of a combustion chamber with or without a visible flame and not directed through a chimney or flue.  For details on specific requirements and limitations, please refer to Rule 444.   Click here for more information.
“Open fire”  is defined as any fire; controlled or uncontrolled, including a campfire, burning outside of any structure, mobilehome, or living accommodation mounted on a motor vehicle. "Open fire" does not include portable lanterns designed to emit light resulting from a combustion process.

What is Open Burning?

To learn what you need to know before you burn click here

What must I do prior to Agricultural or tumbleweed Open Burning?

Obtain a "Permit to Burn" from your local fire station.  Click here to find your closest fire station.  Find out if the next day is a 'Yes' or 'No'  Burn Day by calling the Burn Line at (909) 396-3403.  If the next day is a Burn Day, press 0, and leave a message for a Burn Authorization Number (BAN) on the Burn Line prior to 4:00 p.m. the day before the burn. Alternately, a Burn Authorization Number can be obtained by calling the  Southcoast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) at (909) 396-3403 prior to 4:00 p.m. the day before the burn.
Relay the BAN to your local fire station and write that number on the permit.  Hours of Open Burning are restricted to 6:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Hours of Open Burning are subject to change based on weather and other subjective reasoning as determined by your local fire station.


What can I burn?

Waste materials produced entirely from Agricultural Operations.  Refer to Rule 444 (referenced in the link above), for complete list of allowable and non-allowable materials which may be burned.   ONLY TUMBLEWEEDS may be burned and no other material is allowed.  Tumbleweed burns require an SCAQMD Burn Authorization Number and may require a physical inspection.

When can I call SCAQMD?

Monday:  8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday - Friday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday:  8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
If Burning on Sunday or Monday, call before 4:00 PM on Saturday.