General Rules for Outdoor Burning
All outdoor fires must be attended by a competent person of legal age with a garden hose connected to a water supply or other fire extinguishing equipment available.
Outdoor fires may not contain flammable or combustible liquids, leather or petroleum-based products, material made of or coated with rubber, plastic, or garbage/rubbish/trash.
- Outdoor fires and disposal of ash residue is not permitted on or within any street, drainage ditch, alley, parkway, public place or public right of way.
- The rules for Outdoor Burning are divided into three general categories, each with specific rules and allowable days/times:
Cooking Fires in Grills
- Cooking Fires are defined as fires in grills fueled by charcoal, wood, or propane gas and used for cooking and are are allowed at any time.
- Grills may be used near multi-family dwellings (three or more dwellings) provided they are not located on a balcony or under any overhanging portion of the structure and at least 10 feet away from the structure.
Yard Waste Fires
- Yard Waste Fires are allowed between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays (excluding legal holidays).
- Yard Waste Fires must be at least 50 feet away from any structure and in a pile no larger than five feet in diameter and three feet in height, or in a metal container no larger than 55 gallons.
- Recreational Fires are allowed between noon and 11 p.m.
- Only dry wood may be used and flammable or combustible liquids may not be used for ignition.
- They may be located on the ground (campfire) or in an outdoor fireplace and each of these has its own specific safety rules.
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