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Fire Officials Remind Residents Rules of Open Burning Season

Open burning season begins April 7, and fire officials want residents to be extra careful burning those twigs and leaves.
(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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