Fire Officials Remind Residents Rules of Open Burning Season

Published 04/06 2014 09:46PM

Updated 04/07 2014 10:08AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Open burning season begins Monday, April 7, and the St. Joseph Fire Department wants people to remember a few rules to keep fires under control:

-Burning of yard waste of residential properties only.
-Only dry yard waste such as leaves, brush and logs grown on the property can be burned. 
-No trash, paper, lumber or building debris may be burned.
-Burning is allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
-All fires must be in an upright cylindrical metal container with a volume equal to no more than 55 gallons. 
-Containers must be located at least 15 feet away from any building. Only one burn container per residence.
-All fires shall be monitored from a point on the property where the fire is located, by a person capable of containing a fire, should containment become necessary.
-Fire-fighting material, including but not limited to, a garden hose or a container of water sufficient to contain any fire started shall be at the site of the fire.
-If weather conditions such as high winds indicate the safety of the community or the public may be endangered or if open burning may create a health  hazard, the Fire Chief or Health Director may invoke a temporary burning ban.

Open burning season ends April 27.

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