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Is Residential Debris Burning Very Necessary?

With the rainy season upon us, the residential burning season has also resumed in Nevada County. But a lot of it may not be necessary, according to an official with the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District. Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer Joe Fish says only vegetation burning is allowed on permissable days. But he says piles cannot be mainly leaves and pine needles, which is the District’s biggest source of complaints…

click to listen to Joe Fish

Meanwhile, Fish says there are few smoke complaints about brush piles, which burn clean. He says arrange burn piles loosely, to allow air to move through, creating little or no smoke. Fish says how rainy the winter is does not usually impact the number of permissable burn days, but there’s less burning, anyway, because it’s too wet…

click to listen to Joe Fish

Fish says residents should also consider burning alternatives. You can chip or grind waste vegetation, or haul it to a designated green waste disposal site or transfer statiion. Recommended burn hours are 9am to 3pm, for best smoke dispersion. An Air Pollution Permit is required for any non-residential burning.

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