Skip to code content (skip section selection)
Art. 1505. General Provisions.
1505.01 Unlawful burning: burning permits.
1505.02 Tampering with fire hydrants.
1505.03 Interfering with operations of Fire Department.
Power to regulate - see W. Va. Code 8-12-5(14), (15)
(a) Except as hereinafter specifically provided for, no person shall ignite, burn or set fire to any leaves, brush, debris, garbage, trash, rubbish, wood or other materials outdoors, nor shall such person allow any other person to engage in any such activity on land he or she owns.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), any person may obtain a written burning permit from the Building Inspector signed by both the City Building Inspector and the Chief of the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department, or his authorized representative, authorizing the person to conduct burning during the time period and under the conditions specified on the written permit. Any permit so issued shall be effective only for such time period and only under such terms and conditions as stated thereon.
(c) In accordance with the requirements of State law, no person shall set or cause to be set on fire any material except between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. during the following periods which have been designated as forest fire seasons: March 1 - May 31 and October 1 - December 31. This prohibition shall not apply to small fires set for food preparation or to provide light or warmth, nor to burning when the ground surrounding the burning site is covered by one inch or more of snow.
(d) No burning permitted by this section shall be done unless all inflammable material including grass, brush, stubble and other debris, has been removed for a distance of at least ten feet around the burning site from the material to be burned or for such greater distance as may be necessary to insure that the fire will not escape. No person who sets or causes to be set any fire permitted by this section shall leave such fire unattended for any period of time.
(e) The City Building Inspector, in cooperation with the Chief of the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department may from time to time, as they deem necessary, declare that no burning or burning only during specific hours shall be allowed in all or any portion of the land situated within the City. The Building Inspector shall make available at City Hall copies of any such further declaration of burning restrictions and the time period during which such restrictions are to remain in effect. The Building Inspector may, in his discretion, cause to be published by radio, in local newspapers, or otherwise, public notice of any such declaration of burning restrictions.
(f) No person shall cause or allow burning which is prohibited by or in violation of the provisions of this section.
(1960 Code 9-306.1)
It shall be unlawful for any person not duly authorized to open or cause to flow water from any fire hydrant or other fixture of the municipal water supply.
(1960 Code 9-306.2)
It shall be unlawful for any person to in any way, interfere with the operations of the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department or any other fire department operating in the City while such fire department is fighting or controlling a fire.
(1960 Code 9-306.3)
Explosives and blasting agents shall not be stored inside the City limits.
Blasting shall not be permitted inside the City limits unless a blasting permit is first obtained from the City Building Inspector.
The Building Inspector shall have the power to order the immediate cessation of blasting operations, it if appears that the health and welfare of the citizens of the City are endangered or if it appears that damage to property may result.
(1960 Code 9-308)
(a) Whoever violates Section 1505.01 shall be fined not more than fifty dollars ($50.00).