The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) held a public workshop on proposed amendments to District Regulation 5: Open Burning (Reg 5) and Regulation 6, Rule 3: Wood Burning Devices (Rule 6-3) on July 24, 2019. The amendments relate toBAAQMD's Wildfire Air Quality Response Program (WAQRP) to prevent and prepare for responses to wildfire events, which are consistent with statewide initiatives (SB1260 Fire Prevention and Protection: Prescribed Burns, SB901 Wildfires, and Executive Order N-05-19).

The proposed amended rules reflect the following updates:

  • Reg 5 would create a limited exemption for public agencies regarding payment of the open burning fees for prescribed burns intended to prevent wildfires, as well as to clarify definitions and existing standards.
  • Rule 6-3 would allow Spare the Air Alert notifications year-round to alert the public when particulate matter is anticipated to exceed unhealthy levels and to announce mandatory burn bans, as well as to clarify definitions and existing standards.

Interested parties can follow the Reg 5 and Rule 6-3 amendment development on BAAQMD's website and submit comments to Patrick Wenzinger by August 12, 2019. For questions specific to your facility, please contact Trinity Consultants at (510) 285-6351.