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Annual open burn season starts next week

Monday marks the beginning of the 2015-16 open burn season when San Luis Obispo County residents can legally incinerate yard trimmings and agricultural waste on their property for a fee.

The burn season begins Monday and usually runs until the end of April, when fire agencies predict a high risk of wildfires from dying brush and grass.

The burning requires a permit from the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District. Backyard burning can only be conducted by residents of single-family or duplex homes outside urban areas on their community’s designated burn days. Agricultural burning is limited to professional agricultural or land management operations.

Burn permit applications are available online at slocleanair.org/programs/burning.php and must be printed, completed and mailed to the Air Pollution Control District with a check for the $50 permit fee. For more information, call the district’s Compliance Division at 781-5912.

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