For information about the current wildfire situation, see the top of the County Home Page.

BURN BAN IN EFFECT AS OF JUNE 16, 2014

Residential & non-agricultural burning is prohibited in all areas.

ONLY agricultural burning is allowed, on burn days and during burn hours, in the Local Responsibility Area with a valid permit from Cal Fire. Burners must contact Cal Fire before igniting fire.

TODAY IS A NO BURN DAY

Outdoor burning information is also available here: Burn Guidelines.

Agriculture - Air Pollution Control District

The Air Pollution Control District (District) monitors for criteria pollutants in the ambient air and regulates stationary sources of air emissions within the County. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has the responsibility for regulating mobile emission sources, state-wide compliance assistance, forecasting, air monitoring, research, and emergency response, rule development, and for District oversight. The following is a less summarized representation of District responsibilities.

What You Need to Know About the Air Pollution Control District

APCD - Air Monitoring

District monitors for ozone and particulate matter, as mandated by the State and Local Air Monitoring System (SLAMS), as well as acid rain. The District operates and maintains all monitoring equipment.

  • Acid Rain: The District has one rain gage and precipitation collector located near the Siskiyou County Airport. A new collection bucket is installed every Tuesday. Precipitation samples are sent to the National Atmospheric Deposition Program National Trends Network (NADP/NTN) for analysis and reporting.

  • Ozone: The Yreka monitor continuously analyses and records ambient ground-level ozone concentrations. Data is checked for errors, processed, and reported to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) quarterly. Precision checks are made and recorded regularly to insure data integrity.

  • Particulates: Particulate matter less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) and 10 microns in diameter (PM10) are monitored in Yreka. Every six-days the District exposes pre-conditioned filters for 24-hours and returns the filters to the CARB PM analysis laboratory to calculate particulate mass concentrations and report to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

APCD - Burn Day Information

Questions?  Call 530-841-4029 or 530-841-4031 Monday through Friday.

Allowable combustibles may only be burned during burn hours on permissive burn days by holders of the applicable burn permit. Daily burn-day forecasts are made by the CARB. The District may change a burn-day to no-burn if needed to maintain or improve the air quality. District burn-day information is available to the public by a recorded phone message at 530-842-8123 or toll-free within Siskiyou County at 866-652-2876. The recording is updated daily.  It is also available on the Siskiyou County website home page as well as at the top of the District page.

APCD - Burn Permits

Cal Fire has the responsibility of issuing permits during the fire season, while it is the District's responsibility during the non-fire season.

  • Residential Burning: The District does not require permits for open outdoor burning of allowable combustibles, at a residence, in a pile no larger than 4-ft high by 4-ft square. Cal Fire does require permits for residential burning during the fire season. Local fire departments and municipalities may also require permits seasonally or year-round. Use of burn-barrels is prohibited in defined areas, contact the District for details. Residents, property managers, and home owners may burn more than a 4-ft high by 4-ft square pile of allowable combustibles from the premises by obtaining a non-agricultural burn permit.

  • Agricultural Burning: Agricultural burning requires a permit from the District during the non-fire season and from Cal Fire or the United States Forest Service during the fire season. A request to conduct agricultural burning on a no-burn day may be granted by the District provided there will be no adverse impact to a smoke-sensitive area, and the applicant makes a written statement of immediate threat of substantial economic loss if not allowed to burn on that day.

  • Non-Agricultural Burning: Non-agricultural burning requires a permit from the District during the non-fire season and from CalFire or the United States Forest Service during the fire season. Examples of non-agricultural burning include disposal of non-industrial wood waste from property development activity, fire hazard reduction, and weed eradication.

  • Smoke Management Plans: Private and government land managers continue to develop annual and long-range prescribed burn plans to reduce fuel loading within Siskiyou County and in the surrounding region. These projects have the potential to impact air quality within the District. The District issues burn permits and administers the Smoke Management Plans required of burn projects (excluding agricultural burning) greater than 10 acres or estimated to emit greater than 10 tons of particulate emissions. See the Smoke Management Plans document in the Resource Center below mitigate smoke impacts by regulating and coordinating regional land managers' large burn projects in order to prevent any violations of state and federal ambient air quality standards.

APCD - Complaints

These may be received directly by District office or relayed via the CARB or the EPA. The District verifies that the dust, odor, smoke, etc., is present and which source may be responsible. The owner or operator of the source is contacted, an inspection and corrective action is discussed. Serious problems may dictate that a Notice of Violation be issued. Appropriate action is taken.

APCD - Emergency Response Air Monitoring

The District, in cooperation with Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services and other participating agencies, operates and maintains three continuous near-real-time E-BAM PM2.5 monitors. During an emergency such as wildfire, smoke impacts will be monitored and information available on-line at the following links:

 

APCD - Enforcement

Enforcement action may be required whenever a violation of Federal, State, or District Rules & Regulations is observed. This could be the result of a public complaint, from routine inspections, or referral from another agency. Enforcement action requires good judgment and depends on the type of violation, severity of the problem or type of emissions, the degree to which the violation impacted sensitive receptors, and or the affects on the ambient air quality.

APCD - Source Permits

A District Authority To Construct / Permit To Operate (Permit) is required for any source that emits significant detectable amounts of air pollutants or Air Toxic Contaminants. Lumber mills, industrial boilers, asphalt plants, rock crushers, geothermal wells, stationary internal combustion engine generators greater than or equal to 50HP, and gas stations are some examples of commercial facilities or devices requiring District permits. Permitted sources are inspected for compliance on a regular basis. The permit application form can be located below in the Resource Center.

Air Pollution Control Resource Center

Resource Title Downloadable File Type
Air Quality Index Particle Pollution Table Download File Guide
Air Resource Board 2012 Annual Monitoring Network for Small Districts Download File Report
ATC/PTO - Supplemental Application - Asphalt Plants Download File Application
ATC/PTO - Authority to Construct - Permit to Operate Application Download File Application
ATC/PTO - Supplemental Application - Power Generators Download File Application
ATC/PTO - Supplemental Application - Baghouse/DustCollector Download File Application
ATC/PTO - Supplemental Application - Cyclone/Inertial Separator Download File Application
ATC/PTO - Supplemental Application - Rock Crushing Download File Application
BURN - Are you Burning? Permits Required Flyer Download File Other
BURN - Burn Barrel Ban Flyer from 2004 Download File Other
BURN - Burning Rules for Residential and Non-Agricultural Burning Download File Policy
BURN - Siskiyou County Burn Guidelines Download File Guide
GRANT - Carl Moyer - TIMBER Application Initial Review Checklist Download File Application
GRANT - Carl Moyer - TIMBER Application Package Download File Application
GRANT - Carl Moyer Off Road Compression-Ignition Application Download File Application
GRANT - Carl Moyer TIMBER - FUNDING IS NOW AVAILBLE posted 8/27/2014 Download File Other
GRANT - Carl Moyer TIMBER - Truck Improvement/Moderniztion Fact Sheet - 2014 Download File Other
Smoke Management Plan, Northweast Air Alliance - 2012 Download File Application
Wildfire Smoke - A Guide for Public Health Officials - 2012 Update Download File Guide

Agriculture Resource Center

Resource Title Downloadable File Type
Certified Producer's Certificate Download File Application
Egg Handlers Registration Application Download File Application
Farmers' Market Application/Certificate to Be Certified Download File Application
Nursery Stock - Fee Exempt Sell License Download File License
Pest Control Advisor County Registration Application Download File Application
Pest Control Business County Registration Download File Application
Pest Control Aircraft Pilot County Registratoin Download File Application
Weights & Measures Device Registration Form Download File Application
2013 Siskiyou County Crop & Livestock Report Download File Report
Apiary Registration/Request for Pesticide Notification Download File Application