Outdoor Burning Prohibited

Lately, we have had several phone calls inquiring about outdoor burning.  Below is the City Ordinance as related to outdoor burning.

Sec. 8-3. – Outdoor burning prohibited.
(a) Except as otherwise provided by law, or as otherwise set forth in this Code, no persons shall cause, suffer, allow or permit open burning of refuse, rubbish, brush, wood, trash, leaves, tree limbs or other combustible materials anywhere in the city.
(b) The following are exceptions to the prohibition on outside burning:
(1) Outdoor burning in connection with the preparation of food for immediate human consumption;
(2) Small wood only fires contained in an outdoor fireplace or fire pit.
(3) Burning associated with the operation of devices that require open flame, such as tar kettles, blow torches, welding torches, portable heaters, gas grills, charcoal grills and other flame making equipment, provided that the use of such equipment does not violate other local or state laws.
(c) The chief of police or his designee shall be responsible for the enforcement of the provisions of this section, and may issue citations for violations thereof. Any person violating any provision of this section shall be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $1,000.00 for each offense and a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues. In addition, any person violating any provision of this section which results in a fire requiring the response of the fire department shall also be liable for the costs incurred by the fire department in responding to the fire, including actual labor costs, costs of equipment operation, and costs of materials.
( Ord. of 5-11-2017 )

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