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Fresno Fire Department

Postby Wilberforce » Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:45 pm

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES TACTICAL OPERATIONS
202.6 WARMING FIRES
EFFECTIVE: OCTOBER 2007

Fresno Fire Department

PURPOSE
This procedure is written to assist company officers in identifying illegal open burning within the city of Fresno. These rules, as outlined by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, apply to all occupancies in Fresno, Kings, and Madera counties.

City of Fresno Municipal Code
To conduct open burning on public property or the property of someone other than the permit applicant, the permit applicant shall demonstrate permission has been obtained from the appropriate government agency and the owner, or the owner’s authorized agent.

The Fire Marshal shall not issue a burn permit where such burning falls within the scope of the California Code of Regulations or the Fresno County Air Pollution Control laws until a Notice of Exception is received from the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District.

The California Fire Code, Section 1102.3 - Open Burning
Open burning shall be conducted as required by other government agencies’ regulation emissions.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT POLICIES

Warming Fires
Warming fires are prohibited. This includes fires set at construction sites, maintenance yards, and roadside vendor locations, such as Christmas tree lots or fruit stands. (See Christmas tree farms/lots, fruit stands, and retail sales lots.)

Campfires
When used in authorized campfire areas, campfires do not require a district permit. However, outside these officially designated areas, a permit or a specific authorization by the district or the local fire protection agency is required. The campfire must conform to the following conditions. Consistent with this policy, fires conducted in residential areas, set in a fixed fireplace, or an approved enclosure that is considered to be an outdoor recreational fireplace are discouraged but may be allowed provided they comply with local fire ordinances and do not cause a smoke nuisance to neighbors.

Fruit Stands
Fruit stands are not allowed to burn for any reason. Wood burning heating devices such as wood stoves, portable fireplaces, chimeneas, burn barrels, or incinerators are prohibited. Propane-fired or electric heaters are recommended by fire protection agencies.

Retail Sales Lots
Retail sales lots are not allowed to burn for any reason. Wood burning heating devices such as wood stoves, portable fireplaces, chimeneas, burn barrels, or incinerators are prohibited. Propane-fired or electric heaters are recommended by fire protection agencies.

Christmas Tree Farms/Lots
Farms where the trees are grown on the property may be allowed to burn in accordance with San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control Board Rule 4103. Christmas tree lots are not allowed to burn for any reason. Wood burning heating devices such as wood stoves, portable fireplaces, chimeneas, burn barrels, or incinerators are prohibited. Propane-fired or electric heaters are recommended by fire protection agencies.

Penalties
California Health and Safety Code (H&S) Section 42403 gives the local air agency the authority to recover penalties, and it provides instruction on how to assess penalties. Health and Safety allows maximum penalties as high as $10,000 per violation per day; but, for most open-burn cases involving a minor amount of residential rubbish, a minimum penalty of $120 would be assessed. First-time violators will be offered a Compliance School, where the attendees learn about air pollution issues and open burn rules.

Air quality inspectors will determine penalties assessed based on company officers’ reports. Incident reports shall include the following information:
1.Location of burn.
2.Size of burn.
3.Type of material.
4.Names of individuals involved.

Section 202.6
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source
http://www.fresnofiretraining.net/docdi ... gFires.pdf
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

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• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis!
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