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Open burning within the city that meets the requirements set forth in this section shall be allowed if constantly attended and supervised by a competent person until the fire is extinguished or is cold. The person shall have readily available for use such fire extinguishing equipment as may be necessary for the total control of the fire.
(A) A fire set to prevent or abate a fire hazard, when approved by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Regional Air Quality Program office and set by or under the supervision of a public officer;
(B) Any fire set for the prevention and control of disease or pests, when approved by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Regional Air Quality Program office;
(C) Any fire set for the purpose of instructing personnel in firefighting, when approved by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Regional Air Quality Program office;
(D) A fire set for the purpose of clearing and grubbing property prior to the process of permitted construction of a structure or production of agricultural commodities in their raw state on farms.
(E) A camp fire/recreational fire within a fire ring no larger than 24 inches in diameter, at least 15 feet from any structure or ignitable material or within a fire ring no larger than 36 inches in diameter, at least 25 feet from any structure or ignitable material. Portable fire pits shall meet the requirements of 24-inch fire ring unless equipped with spark cover it can be ten feet from any structure.
(1) For the purpose of cooking;
(2) For the purpose of recreation; or
(3) For the purpose of ceremonial.
(F) A bon fire larger than 36 inches in diameter, used to clear property of natural waste that is dry (not fresh/green). A permit from the city must be obtained prior to burning to allow for inspection of site and materials to be burned. Inspection of the site will insure location is a safe distance from structures (minimum distance shall be determined based on size of planned fire) or other exposures and verify material being burned are not prohibited.
(1) For the purpose of reducing natural waste products;
(2) For the purpose of ceremonial by an organized organization; or
(3) For the purpose of disposing leaves and yard waste (only at pre-determined locations).
(G) Smoke generation, if approved to have a burn, meeting one of the above allowable sections, the owner of the fire shall insure any smoke generated goes in a direction that does not cause harm or irritation to another person. They shall take into consideration wind direction and speed. The owner shall make every attempt to keep smoke or by products of the combustion process onto their property.
(H) An official organized camp ground shall be allowed to reduce the distance of a fire ring within ten feet of a structure.
(Ord. 1518, passed 8-20-2012; Ord. 1581, passed 7-2-2018) Penalty, see § 92.99