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April 30, 2013

Burning it up? Know the rules

CLINTON — In an effort to maintain safety and air quality, Clinton residents are reminded of the city’s burning regulations.

Open burning is allowed only on lots of one acre or larger, with four or less dwelling units. For all others, the only allowed burning is recreational fires.

For residents with lots of one acre or larger with four or less dwelling units, open burning is allowed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from April 1 to May 15 and Oct. 1 to Nov. 15.

Those fires must be no closer than 25 feet to a structure or combustible material. Burning is limited to clean, dry, untreated wood and lumber and landscape waste.

Burn piles are limited in size to no more than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.

Burning garbage or burning in barrels is not permitted. There is no burning allowed when the wind speed is more than 15 miles per hour.

No fire will be allowed that is a nuisance or a hazard to surrounding property.

All allowed fires must be constantly attended by an adult until the fire is extinguished, with approved on-site extinguishing equipment readily available.

Recreational fires are permitted from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday. Recreational fires should be no closer than 25 feet to a structure or combustible material, except that fires in a commercial outdoor fire unit can be within 15 feet to structures and combustible material.

Fuel will be limited to untreated lumber, dry seasoned wood, propane, natural gas or charcoal.

Recreational fires are limited in size to no more than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.

Residents cannot burn in burn barrels or burn garbage, tires, trade waste, locally recyclable goods or plastics.

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