Open Burning PolicyThe following is the Fire Departments’ policy regarding Open Burning. There will be no deviation to this policy.
Open Burning is defined as an outdoor fire on property owned, leased or available for use to person(s) that initiated and are maintaining the fire. Open burning is classified as either “authorized” or “unauthorized”.
Authorized open burning is a fire that:
- must be maintained appropriately in an approved container
- may be on prepared ground, (solid dry ground cleared of combustible materials within 10 feet of fire, with no overhanging branches or structures) and at least 25 feet from all property lines.
- is using only an authorized fuel source: charcoal, commercial fire log, seasoned fire-wood; NOT TO INCLUDE: processed wood, wood scraps, brush, leaves, trash and/or debris.
- is intended for residential cooking, ambiance, warming or ceremonial and/or religious purposes.
- the fire and smoke generated from an authorized open burn must not create a nuisance to other properties or people.
- the fire is constantly attended by a mature competent person
- extinguishing capability is readily available if extinguishment becomes necessary
- fixed outdoor fireplaces
- portable commercial fireplaces
“Unauthorized open burning” is an outdoor fire that:
- is intended to burn garbage, leaves, twigs, small branches, processed wood, paper, etc.,
- is dangerous or reckless in size or maintenance (too large for the purpose stated),
- is a nuisance to the property of another,
- is kindled during a high or extreme forest fire alert period.