In California, an Air Districtís primary responsibility is controlling air pollution from stationary sources.
Our District is one of 35 air districts in California and enforces local, state, and federal air quality regulations.
An air basin is an area that has similar meteorological and geographic conditions throughout.
California is divided into 15 basins.
Our area is part of the North Coast Air Basin, which includes Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt, Mendocino and Sonoma Counties.
Weather conditions must be present to allow the smoke from burning to rise up and out of the ďbreathing zone,Ē
and not impact public health. This is why there are days that seem to have perfect conditions for a Permissive Burn Day,
but have been declared a No Burn Day. Meteorologists in Sacramento make the burn day determination based on specific criteria
as listed in the California Health & Safety Code and weather forecasting models. The burn status
is made available to the District each day at 3pm for the next day. The District can then make a more restrictive determination based on local findings and events, like active wildfires.
Anytime you are burning natural vegetation for the purpose of disposal, you need a Burn Permit. In fact, you may need a CAL FIRE Permit or be required
to submit a Smoke Management Plan depending on how much you are burning and the time of year. Burn permits are not required for recreational fires
(camping, warming, cooking, etc.) or ceremonial fires. Campfires may require permits depending on the time of year and location. You will need to
contact the Forest Service, CAL FIRE, or BLM office nearest to your campfire location.
If you have never had a burn permit before, you will need to fill out an application and pay the permit fee. If you have had a permit, before you will
only need to pay the fee since we have your information on file. To get an application you can either come into our office; download one from our website,
print, and mail it in; or submit an application using our Online Burn Permit Portal. You can also request a burn permit application be mailed to you.
To renew your existing burn permit you can come into our office; mail us a check referencing the physical burn site address and/or the barcode number from your
permit; or use our Online Burn Permit Portal.To renew using our Online Burn Permit Portal you will need your barcode number and the property
owner exactly as we have it listed on your old permit. The online portal is case sensitive and will only allow you to renew if the information you enter
is spelled, spaced and capitalized exactly as we have it on your last permit. If you had a burn permit the previous year, the District will send you a
renewal reminder by mail or email when it is time to renew your permit.
The District would like for you to use our Online Burn Permit Portal to renew your permit instead of renewing over the phone. This gives you an opportunity
to review the application information we have on file and make any updates needed. If you run into difficulty, one of our staff members can help walk you
through the process.
Burn barrels were banned in California in 2002 and all
residential waste burning (the primary use of burn barrels) was banned for the entire state in 2004.
However, certain areas are granted an exemption from the burn barrel ban by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) because they lack access to waste
disposal/recycling and live in an area with less than 10 people per square mile. If you live in one of these areas it will be noted on your burn permit
and is listed on our website. The list of exempted areas is updated every 10 years based on current census information, with the approval of CARB.
Lumber is considered construction or demolition debris which is a prohibited material according to State Regulation and District Rule 101. Regardless of the regulation,
burning any dimensional lumber can be hazardous to your health and the health of those around you. Even lumber that is considered ďuntreatedĒ can contain chemicals
linked to public health concerns, including fungicides.
This type of wood should also not be used in your indoor woodstove or fireplace. Not only does it usually burn too fast to produce any heat for your home,
it can cause damage to your appliance or chimney. Many stove manufactures will not honor a warranty for an appliance that has been found burning lumber.
An interesting fact about lumber from the Pacific Northwest (and other coastal areas) is that it can contain high levels of salt. Salt is very corrosive to metal.
This corrosive effect is multiplied by the high temperatures in your wood stove making it potentially damaging to the stove and chimney.
District Rule 104(K).Prohibits the installation of new wood stoves unless they are EPA approved heating appliances and
Rule 104(M) prohibits the burning of combustible
material in an incinerator unless it has multiple chambers. Woodstoves do not qualify as incinerators because they do not have multiple chambers.
The District also coordinates with local building officials to ensure homes and structures are properly constructed so as to avoid smoke nuisances.
If and when they do occur, we work with local law enforcement to resolve issues.
Burn dry, seasoned fire wood ONLY. Burning anything other than what was designed to burn in your woodstove or fireplace cannot only harm the appliance, but it can harm your health.
This includes items like garbage, plastic, rubber, painted or treated wood, dimensional lumber, plywood, saltwater driftwood, cardboard and paper (glossy and non-glossy).
Burning these items can produce noxious and corrosive smoke with toxic fumes. This does not only impact your health, but the health of your neighbors as well. Be a good neighbor
and think about those around you that may be experiencing impacts from your burning. Learn more about proper burning by visiting the Burn Wise website.
A complaint can be left by calling our main office at (707) 443-3093 or by calling our complaint hotline at (707) 444-2233.You may need to leave a message if no one is available
to take your complaint. Please leave your name, phone number, and details about your complaint including the address, if known. A staff member will get back to you when requested.
Complaints are investigated by one of the District inspectors and violations are issued when necessary.
We have a variety of mailing lists to keep the public informed on the many programs and source types we handle:
Rules & Regulation updates
Title V Sources
Wildfire (PSAs, Air Quality Alerts and Advisories)
You can be added to any of our mailing lists by sending us an email. and noting which lists you would like to be added to, or simply give us a call. Any of our staff would be happy
to assist you with getting on a mailing list.
Written correspondence to the Governing Board is addressed through the Clerk of the Boards. Documents can be sent to our office, addressed to the Governing Board,
attention Clerk of the Boards, or you may send them via email.
You may also attend a public meeting and discuss any air quality related topic during the Public Comment period. Keep in mind that the Board is not allowed to take any action on
item that does not appear on the agenda. Items appearing on the agenda will have their own separate Public Comment period while that item is being discussed.
Documents, written or electronic, do not go to the Governing Board unless they are addressed appropriately:
Airplane emissions are not under the jurisdiction of local air quality agencies. While EPA establishes emissions standards for aircrafts, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) administers and enforces these standards.
EPAís RadNet stationary air monitors measure radiation emitted from airborne radioactive particles as they collect on the monitor's filter. Local, near-real-time monitoring
information can be found by clicking here.
The District monitors this data to ensure no increased risk of harmful levels of radiation exposure to the citizens of Humboldt, Del Norte or Trinity Counties.
Current Information for All 3 Zones
PERMISSIVE BURN DAY?
Today: Monday February 24th
Did You Know?
Pre-1990 trucks can emit two and a half times as much NOx and five times as much particulates as trucks meeting the current on-road heavy-duty engine exhaust emission standards.