For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   BACKYARD BURNING. The disposal of residential waste by open burning on the premises of the property where such waste is generated.
   BURN BARREL. Any barrel, drum, trash container, approved or non-approved container specifically or not specifically designed to house a fire. Use of a BURN BARREL for any type of burning, cooking or recreational fires shall be prohibited.
   CLEAN DRY WOOD. Tree limbs, bark, or branches that have been allowed to dry to a point where it is easily combustible without creating undue amounts of smoke plus other untreated wood products free of glue, paint, varnish, stain, and preservatives.
   COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL. Any material that will take fire and burn including, rubbish, trash, or discarded materials from commercial, industrial, domestic or agricultural operations or other normal community activities. COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL for the purpose of this chapter shall not include yard wastes.
   DISASTER RUBBISH. The open burning of rubbish, including landscape waste, for the duration of the community disaster period in cases where an officially declared emergency condition exists.
   GARBAGE. All solid and semisolid putrescible and nonputrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparing, cooking, storing, and serving of food or of material intended for use as food, but excluding recognized industrial byproducts.
   LANDSCAPE WASTE. Any organic, vegetable or plant wastes except garbage. The term includes trees, tree trimmings, branches, stumps, brush, weeds, leaves, grass, shrubbery and yard trimmings.
   OPEN BURNING. The burning of materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber. OPEN BURNING does not include road flares, smudgepots and similar devices associated with safety or occupational uses typically considered open flames. For the purposes of this definition, a chamber shall be regarded as enclosed when, during the time combustion occurs, only apertures, ducts, stacks, flues or chimneys necessary to provide combustion air and permit the escape of exhaust gases are open.
   OUTDOOR COOKING FIRES. The burning of materials where fuel being burned is contained in manufactured outdoor fireplaces or grills used for food preparation and in accordance with this chapter.
   PERSON. Any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, trust, or any other organized group.
   RECREATIONAL FIRES. An outdoor fire burning only clean dry untreated lumber, dry seasoned wood, or charcoal where the fuel being burned is contained within a fire ring, outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit, commercial fire unit or other approved container, and has a total fuel area of three feet or less in diameter and two feet or less in height for pleasure, warmth or similar purpose. The burning of leaves, grass, rubbish, garbage, tires, trade waste or locally recyclable goods or plastics is not allowed.
   REFUSE. Garbage, rubbish and all other putrescible and nonputrescible wastes, except sewage and water-carried trade wastes.
   RELIGIOUS AND CEREMONIAL FIRES. Open burning of materials on the ground and not in a manufactured container for religious, ceremonial, or similar purposes and in accordance with this chapter.
   RESIDENTIAL WASTE. Waste generated on the premises as a result of residential activities. The term includes landscape waste grown on the premises or deposited thereon by the elements, but excludes garbage, tires, trade waste, and any locally recyclable goods or plastics.
   RUBBISH. All waste materials of nonputrescible nature.
   TRADE WASTE. Any refuse resulting from the prosecution of any trade, business, industry, commercial venture (including farming and ranching), or utility or service activity, and any governmental or institutional activity, whether or not for profit.
   TRAINING FIRE. Fires set for the purpose of bona fide instruction and training of public and industrial employees in the methods of fire fighting.
   VARIANCE. A temporary waiver from the rules or standards governing the quality, nature, duration or extent of emissions granted by the Commission for a specified period of time.
(Ord. 2429, passed 10-26-2010)