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Outdoor Fires


Revisions to Open Burning Regulation to take effect January 1, 2015

Open burning is prohibited except by permit or when it is done in a manner which contributes a negligible amount of air contaminants meaning:

  • No material other than clean wood, propane, or natural gas may be burned EXCEPT for commercially available fire logs, paraffin logs, or wood pellets.

  • Paper or commercial smokeless fire starters for the purposes of starting a fire.

  • Charcoal for the preparation of food only

  • Fires may be no larger than 3' wide by 3' long by 2' high.

  • Fires must be at least 15' from the nearest neighbor's dwelling or inhabited area including the property line, roadway, sidewalk, or other public access area.


Burning may be considered a nuisance due to the severity of the amount of air pollutants, the duration or frequency of the burning, the topography of the surrounding, or the meteorological conditions.

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