Fire Permits

From the desk of Mike Ball, Forest Fire Warden;

All,
As we graciously await springs arrival there have been some questions surrounding outside burning and permit requirements.  
The Law:

  • Res 5601.02 Fire Permit Required. A fire permit shall be required for all open burning when the ground is not covered by snow.
  • More specifically, you are required to have a 100 foot radius of snow covered ground surrounding your timber in question. This also is in addition to having the proper footage for structures within the area.          
  • The following are the requirements for the issuance of burn permits:

    Category I (cooking fire type)*a minimum of 25 feet away from any structure *timber SECURED in a ring of restive material two feet or less * Can be ignited any time of the day whether raining or not
    Catergory II (camp fire type)* a minimum of 50 feet away from any structure* Timber SECURED in a ring of restive material four feet or less* Can be ignited between the hours of 5:00p and 9:00a unless ACTIVELY raining
    Category III (Bon Fire type)*a minimum of 50 feet away from any structure * Timber UNSECURED by a ring or resistive material* Can be ignited between the hours of 5:00p and 9:00a unless ACTIVELY raining

    – The material to be burned is clean, untreated wood or brush less than 5 inches in diameter, and meets applicable air resources regulations – Weather conditions are favorable as to prevent the spread or escape of the fire – The permittee has adequate suppression equipment to control the fire

    Any questions, concerns, or comments please feel free to reach out.
    Respectfully, Michael Ball, Forest Fire Warden

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