Open Burning is Suspended Indefinitely
Open Burning presents many issues for the Firefighters and the community. We already had several fires burn out of control and create hazardous conditions for our already depleted workforce. Smoke from open burning is also irritating the respiratory system of many residents and Firefighters causing them to question if they are getting sick with Covid-19. Additionally, most people are sheltering in place and have few options when their neighborhood is full of smoke while suffering from chronic respiratory ailments
To put it into perspective, once a Firefighter/Medic or Police Officer becomes symptomatic of Covid-19 (dry cough, scratchy throat, malaise, all symptoms of smoke inhalation/exposure) they are removed from service until they are tested or cleared by a physician. We have limited resources as it is. This also goes for anyone in the community including the doctor/nurse next door, and the police on patrol. This creates undo pressure on our Emergency Services / health care workers and simply isn't worth it.
I will reevaluate this decision when things get back to normal but until then Open Burning is suspended Indefinitely.
Thank You for your understanding and cooperation
Burning Season Starts January 15, 2020 until May 1, 2020
To apply for a permit, please go to PERMITS listed in the column to the right.
IMPORTANT!!! IF A FIRE STARTS TO BURN OUT OF YOUR CONTROL, PLEASE CALL 911.
Please review these regulations:
Burning (with a permit), between January 15th and May 1st, of the following materials is ALLOWED:
Brush, cane, driftwood and forestry debris from other than commercial or industrial land clearing operations under the following conditions:
- Burning must be at least 75 feet from all dwellings.
- Burning must be carried out between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- No fires shall be started after 12 Noon.
- All fires must be extingiushed by 4:00 p.m.
- Burning must take place on land closest to the source being burned.
- Materials normally associated with the pursuit of agriculture, such as fruit tree trimmings, dead raspberry stalks, blueberry patches for pruning purposes, infected beehives for disease control.
- Tree and brush resulting from agricultural land clearing.
- Fungus-infected elmwood if no other acceptable means of disposal is available. (Disease free brush is not an acceptable starting aid.)
A FUNCTIONAL GARDEN HOSE OR WATER EXTINGUISHER IS REQUIRED AROUND ALL OPEN FIRES.
Burning of the following materials is PROHIBITED statewide:
- Brush, trees, cane and driftwood from commercial and/or institutional land clearing operations.
- Grass, hay, leaves, stumps or tires.
- Burning at landfills for refuse disposal facilities other than approved sights.
- Stacking, placing or storing combustible material such that the department may presume that it will be burned.