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Open Fire Safety Rules

24-hour on-site monitoring is required until the burn site is completely cold.

Open fires must be limited in size, be controllable and not be a hazard to people, property or standing vegetation.

Open burning shall not be conducted within 50 feet of any structure or other combustible material. Conditions, which could cause the fire to spread to within 50 feet of a structure, shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

Exception: Clearance from structures and other combustible materials may be reduced as follows:

    1. No fire shall be larger than approx. 9ft x 9ft x 9ft.
    2. A garden hose connected to a water supply and a shovel or other approved fire-extinguishing equipment shall be readily available for use at open burning sites. Heavy equipment such as a trackhoe or tractor, etc. may be required for large piles.
    3. Burning material shall be constantly attended by a person knowledgeable in the use of the fire-extinguishing equipment. The attendant shall supervise the burning material on site until the fire has been extinguished.
    4. Burning of materials in any manner where smoke or flame damages or endangers persons or property of others is prohibited.
    5. The Fire Chief is authorized to close open burning due to hazardous conditions.

    All fires shall be extinguished two hours before sunset