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Posted on: December 5, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Fire Department lifts ban on open burning

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The Danville Fire Marshal’s Office has lifted the ban on open burning in the city. The ban had been in place since Nov. 17 due to to the dry weather conditions prevalent in the area.

The office reminds citizens to follow the requirements of the open burning ordinance. Open burning is only allowed under these conditions:

  • Campfires, or fires used solely for recreational purposes od for cooking, and for warming of outdoor workers (Dry wood must be used- no construction debris or trash). These fires must be a minimum of 25 feet from any structure and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 25 feet of any structure. In approved containers, the distance is reduced to 15 feet.
  • For leaves, tree, yard, and garden trimmings, the burning must take place on private property. Burning must not be within 300 feet from any building UNLESS the occupants have given written permission (other than a building located on the property on which the burning is conducted). Open burning shall not be less than 50 feet from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet of any structure.

Citizens also are reminded that whomever is conducting open burning, although the burning is being conducted with permission and within the regulations, any damages that occur from the burning they will be held liable. The burning shall be constantly attended until the fire is fully extinguished.

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