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burning rules

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has two pages of detailed rules about open burning. They include:

  • No burns within 1,000 feet of an occupied dwelling unless the occupant is notified.
  • No new burns at night, defined as between two hours before sunset and one hour after sunrise. Nothing can be added to an existing burn between those hours, either.
  • Burns are only allowed when the wind speed is between 5-15 miles per hour.
  • No burning on foggy or “very cloudy” days.
  • No burning of tires or tarpaper.

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.from the article--"No new burns at night, defined as between two hours before sunset and one hour after sunrise. Nothing can be added to an existing burn between those hours, either."

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Much safer to burn trash, brush piles AT NIGHT, since wind is usually decreasing and staying calm/calmer for longer periods and not switching directions, surrounding residue is usually damper because of presence of dew and/or higher air humidity and their increasing levels, easier to watch where any embers are going and if any might start a fire elsewhere..

from article -- "No burning on foggy or “very cloudy” days."

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Trash and brush pile fires are less likely to go out of control when the humidity is high (foggy), and very often when there is fog, the wind isn't blowing.

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I've been burning trash and brush piles at my home in the country for decades, starting when I was a young kid, and never had any issues with fire burning anything it shouldn't. I was taught how to conduct these kinds of burns safely, and it's not safe to burn some days at any time. Just a little common sense and there won't be problems. I can tell whoever come up with some of the "rules" above has had very little first-hand experience in the burning of trash and brush piles. Makes no sense to prohibit trash and brush pile burning as noted.

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