Form ECY020-126 "Agricultural Burn Permit Application for Field Burning" - Washington

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Agricultural Burning Permit:
For Official Use Only
Application for Field Burning
Permit #
(This application is not for orchard tear-out)
Zone:
Do you need an agricultural burn permit?
All commercial agricultural operations must get a permit before burning natural vegetation, except when burning orchard
pruning, natural vegetation along fence lines, irrigation and drainage ditches or natural vegetation blown by the wind. You
must notify your fire protection authority and/or dispatch (check with specific county) prior to igniting any fire, even if an
air quality permit is not required. You must also call the burn hotline (1-800-406-5322) to make sure it is a burn day.
What is a Commercial Agricultural Operation?
The agricultural burning regulation (WAC 173-430) defines a commercial agricultural operation as a farmer who is
practicing agriculture for commercial purposes and has filed an IRS schedule F form or its corporate equivalent.
Best Management Practices (BMPs)
Agricultural burning is allowed when it is reasonably necessary to carry out the enterprise. A grower can show that
burning is reasonably necessary when it meets the criteria of the BMPs and no practical alternative exists. BMPs are one
of the ways to demonstrate the need to burn. Growers not using these BMPs must establish that their proposed burn is
reasonably necessary and that no practical alternative is available. The burden of proof is on the grower, and the
demonstration must satisfy the Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the local delegated permitting authority.
Completing the application
1.
Fill out the information requested on the following pages. The application must be completed and signed;
otherwise, this will be an incomplete application. The permit may be denied if all information is not
provided.
2.
Attach a map of the acreage you are proposing to burn with the outline clearly marked. The map must include
Section lines and roads, as well as Township and Range coordinates. Hand drawn maps are acceptable if
they meet the above requirements. (The NRCS farm plan aerial photo maps, FSA aerial photos, or USGS 7.5
minutes maps are good for this purpose.)
3.
Attach documentation of the management history and the future management plan of the area you are requesting
to burn.
4.
Calculate total acres and the fee in the space provided. *Minimum fee is $37.50
5.
Sign and date the application.
6.
Mail the application and check for the permit fee to the following address:
Department of Ecology
Cashiering Unit
PO Box 47611
Olympia, WA 98504-7611
What happens next?
Your permitting authority will evaluate your application and determine if you have demonstrated that burning is
necessary to carry out your enterprise and that no practical alternatives exist. Your permitting authority will then act on
a completed application within seven (7) days and will either send you a permit or a written explanation as to why the
application was denied.
Your permit, if issued, will be valid for either Spring Season (January 1- June 30) or Fall Season (July 1- December 31).
ECY 020-126 (Rev. 1/12)
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Agricultural Burning Permit:
For Official Use Only
Application for Field Burning
Permit #
(This application is not for orchard tear-out)
Zone:
Do you need an agricultural burn permit?
All commercial agricultural operations must get a permit before burning natural vegetation, except when burning orchard
pruning, natural vegetation along fence lines, irrigation and drainage ditches or natural vegetation blown by the wind. You
must notify your fire protection authority and/or dispatch (check with specific county) prior to igniting any fire, even if an
air quality permit is not required. You must also call the burn hotline (1-800-406-5322) to make sure it is a burn day.
What is a Commercial Agricultural Operation?
The agricultural burning regulation (WAC 173-430) defines a commercial agricultural operation as a farmer who is
practicing agriculture for commercial purposes and has filed an IRS schedule F form or its corporate equivalent.
Best Management Practices (BMPs)
Agricultural burning is allowed when it is reasonably necessary to carry out the enterprise. A grower can show that
burning is reasonably necessary when it meets the criteria of the BMPs and no practical alternative exists. BMPs are one
of the ways to demonstrate the need to burn. Growers not using these BMPs must establish that their proposed burn is
reasonably necessary and that no practical alternative is available. The burden of proof is on the grower, and the
demonstration must satisfy the Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the local delegated permitting authority.
Completing the application
1.
Fill out the information requested on the following pages. The application must be completed and signed;
otherwise, this will be an incomplete application. The permit may be denied if all information is not
provided.
2.
Attach a map of the acreage you are proposing to burn with the outline clearly marked. The map must include
Section lines and roads, as well as Township and Range coordinates. Hand drawn maps are acceptable if
they meet the above requirements. (The NRCS farm plan aerial photo maps, FSA aerial photos, or USGS 7.5
minutes maps are good for this purpose.)
3.
Attach documentation of the management history and the future management plan of the area you are requesting
to burn.
4.
Calculate total acres and the fee in the space provided. *Minimum fee is $37.50
5.
Sign and date the application.
6.
Mail the application and check for the permit fee to the following address:
Department of Ecology
Cashiering Unit
PO Box 47611
Olympia, WA 98504-7611
What happens next?
Your permitting authority will evaluate your application and determine if you have demonstrated that burning is
necessary to carry out your enterprise and that no practical alternatives exist. Your permitting authority will then act on
a completed application within seven (7) days and will either send you a permit or a written explanation as to why the
application was denied.
Your permit, if issued, will be valid for either Spring Season (January 1- June 30) or Fall Season (July 1- December 31).
ECY 020-126 (Rev. 1/12)
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This page may be used for additional information or suggestions for improvements of the permit application.
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Check this box if the acreage you are applying to burn is in the following Counties: Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas,
Klickitat or Okanogan
Applicant Information
Name:
Home Phone:
Business Name:
Shop Phone:
Mailing Address:
Cell Phone:
City:
State:
Zip:
Work Phone:
Contact Person (if other than applicant):
Other:
Is the applicant the operator for the fields this application applies to burn? Yes
 No
Applicant Statement
Permit applicants are required to follow and obey all applicable provisions of the Washington Clean Air Act, Chapter
70.94 RCW and Chapter 173-430 WAC, Agricultural Burning. The Applicant, if granted a permit, agrees to comply with
the following conditions and any additional conditions contained in a permit or other application for permit:
1. If you are demonstrating necessity to burn by use of a Best Management Practice, you must certify that you
have read and understand and will follow the Best Management Practices specific to this type of burning,
that you believe the proposed burning is reasonably necessary, and that no practical alternative exists.
2. You certify that you are a commercial agricultural operation as defined in Chapter 173-430 WAC.
3. You agree to grant the Department of Ecology (Ecology) or their duly authorized representative access to
the acreage listed on any agricultural burning permit, including those private roads or access ways under your
control that are required to obtain access to the listed acreage for the purpose of investigating conditions specific to
any agricultural burning permit issued by the Ecology or a delegated permitting authority. To the extent reasonable
and consistent with carrying out the duties of the agricultural burning permitting program, you will be notified and
given the option to accompany Ecology, or their duly authorized representatives, when accessing your property.
I certify that the information provided as part of this application is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge.
I have read, understand and agree to abide by the conditions above.
Signature:
Date:
Printed Name:
ECY 020-126 (Rev. 1/12)
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Field Burn Detail
Fire
Burn
Expected Burn
District
Zone
Dates
(optional)
BURN #
Burn Location – Field Name (i.e., Smith Place)
(if applicable)
Start
End
Best Management Practices (BMPs)
Cereal Grain
: Residue Mgmt._____ Pest Mgmt._____ Other (define)_____
(choose 1 from Cereal Grain BMPs)
Non-Cereal
:
(write number/ letter selection with title from the appropriate Non-Cereal BMPs)
Note: If no BMP is being used, the grower must state why the burning is necessary to carry out the
enterprise and that no practical alternative is reasonably available. Provide reasoning on a separate sheet(s)
and attach.
Crop type
(be specific; use “spring wheat” instead of “wheat” or “stubble”)
# Acres to be burned:
Total acres in the field:
Irrigated?
Yes
No
Average yield:
Estimated average residue level:
Has the residue level been measured for the area you are applying to burn?
Yes
No
If yes, by whom, and what is the residue load?
Does this represent:
Entire Field
or
Selected Spots
Has the applicant evaluated the field? Yes
No
If “no,” who evaluated the field?
If third party evaluation was done, attach a copy.
Name:
Business:
Title:
Phone:
Address:
Field Burn Location
Provide section, township, and range for field or portions of a field to be burned for this burn only. (List each
section within a township and range separately; for example, NW ¼ of the NW ¼ S 22 T 23N R 25.) See burn
permit packet “How to Describe Your Burn Location.”
1/4 or 1/2
1/4 or 1/2
Section
Township
Range
Section
Township
Range
Section
Township
Range
Section
Township
Range
Attach a map providing specific location of field or portions of field to be burned. Include clearly
marked section, township, and range coordinates.
Specific driving directions from nearest town to burn location (required) and/or street address (if available):
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Documentation for Field Burn
For crop harvested in
Crop Harvested (crop type)
Was the residue from
the year:
this crop burned?
(Fill in most recent year)
20
Yes
No
20
Yes
No
20
Yes
No
20
Yes
No
Provide a detailed explanation as to why you believe burning is necessary (attach additional sheets if
necessary).
Describe future crop rotations and/or plans for future non-burning for the area where burning is being
requested (attach additional sheets if necessary).
Does this burn comply with conditions of your conservation plan?
Yes
No
Is the area to be burned land that has been chem.-fallowed?
Yes
No
Farmers are required to meet NRCS minimum residue requirements before and after the burn.
Describe your tillage/seeding plans following the burn.
If you were not allowed to conduct this burn, what would you consider doing; and why are you not using
those methods for this field?
What alternatives have you tried?
Does this burn enable you to transition into non-burning alternatives?
Yes
No
Explain:
Is this the only field you are currently applying to burn?
Yes
No
If yes: Proceed to page 6 for calculation of permit fee. You do not have to complete the Burn Summary
page if you have only one field location.
If no: You must complete a Field Burn Detail page (page 4) for each field you are applying to burn, attach
it to this application, and summarize all fields on the following Burn Summary page.
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