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Burn Permit Information


These are the open burning regulations per the International Fire Code 2012 edition that was amended at adopted under Kochville Township Ordinance 14-09

307.1 General.
A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open burning unless conducted and approved in accordance with this section.

307.1.1 Prohibited open burning.
Open burning shall be prohibited when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous or offensive because of smoke or odor emissions.

Exceptions:
1. Prescribed burning for the purpose of reducing the impact of wild land fire when authorized by the fire code official.
2. Burning of household rubbish, building materials, and paper products are strictly prohibited.


307.2 Permit required.
A permit shall be obtained from the fire code official in accordance with Section 105.6 prior to kindling a fire for recognized silvicultural or range or wildlife management practices, prevention or control of disease or pests, or a bonfire. Application for such approval shall only be presented by and permits issued to the owner of the land upon which the fire is to be kindled.

307.2.1 Authorization.
Where required by state or local law or regulations, open burning shall only be permitted with prior approval from the state or local air and water quality management authority, provided that all conditions specified in the authorization are followed.

307.3 Extinguishment authority.
The fire code official or other identified member of the fire department is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit holder, another person responsible or the fire department of open burning, recreational fires, or fires in portable outdoor fire places that creates, or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.


307.4 Location.
The location for open burning shall not be less than 50 feet (7620mm) from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet (7620mm) of any structure for parcels designated as one or two family residential uses. The pile size for open burning shall be 5 feet (1524 mm) or less in diameter, and 3 feet (914 mm) or less in height. Open burning located on parcels developed as other than one or two family residential uses, the location for open burning shall not be less than 300 feet (91.4 m) from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 300 feet (91.4 m) from any structure. The pile size for open burning shall be 10 feet (3048 mm) or less in diameter and 6 feet (1828mm) or less in height. If the pile size is to exceed the minimum dimensions stated above, approval from the Fire Chief and or Fire Code Official is required prior a permit being issued.

1. Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet (4572 mm) from a structure.
2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet (7620 mm) where the pile size is 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height.


Exceptions:
1. Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet (4572 mm) from a structure.
2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet (7620 mm) where the pile size is 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height.


307.4.2 Recreational fires.
Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 15 feet (4572 mm) of a structure or combustible material. Conditions which would cause a fire to spread within 15 feet (4572 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition

307.4.3 Portable outdoor fireplaces.
Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet (3048 mm) of a structure or combustible material.

307.5 Attendance.
Open burning, recreational fires, and use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended, by a responsible adult, at least eighteen (18) years of age, until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on site fire extinguishing equipment such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.

Section 307.6- Extinguishment.
Open burning, recreational fires and fires in portable outdoor fireplaces shall be extinguished by 11 p.m. or 2300 hours daily.