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Open Burning

Outdoor burning standards are established by the state and are based on environmental and safety factors.

Tools needed for a safe burn include:

  • A rake to create a debris-free ring around the fire area
  • A charged water hose at the fire
  • A shovel
  • Proper clothing (long pants, long sleeves, boots, gloves) and safety glasses

The following regulations apply to outdoor burning:

  • Clear 25 feet or more area around debris pile.
  • Never use flammable liquids to start fire.
  • Never leave the fire unattended.
  • Ensure fire is completely extinguished and pile is cool to the touch when the burn is done.
  • Cooking fires: Open burning in a reasonable fashion for the purpose of cooking food for immediate human consumption is allowed.
  • Recreational fires (campfires, outdoor fireplaces): Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure (house, outbuilding, fence, public utility, etc.) or combustible material.
  • Open burning: The location for open burning shall be more than 50 feet from any structure (house, outbuilding, fence, public utility, etc.).
  • Burning under hazardous conditions: The fire marshal may prohibit any open burning when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such burning hazardous. Fire crews are designated to stop burns that are deemed unsafe by the company officer.
  • Remember, smoke and heat from fire rises, so lower-hanging branches and leaves can be considered combustible material and could pose a fire risk as well. Care should be taken to ensure that the flames and heat do not get high enough to damage overhead foliage.
  • Land clearing is not included in these regulations and contractors/landowners should contact the Fire Marshal regarding appropriate burning guidelines for large amounts of debris. For the special requirements for land clearing, please refer to the state air quality web site.

The fire department reserves the right to extinguish any fire that is creating a safety hazard.

For more information on the state burn ban, contact Fortner at 678.242.2541 or fire.marshal@cityofmiltonga.us.