Rules for Open Burning
3-07-01-021 “Open fire” defined
As used in this article, “open fire” means any fire upon woodland, lot, subdivision, grassland, field or public right-of- way within the village not wholly contained within an authorized container such as an approved incinerator, outside fireplace, grill or other receptacle constructed and approved for the purpose of burning combustibles or in a fire pit of three (3) feet in diameter or less.
3-07-01-024 Proximity of fire to building
No person shall start or have an open fire within fifty (50) feet of any structure. Authorized fire containers shall be fifteen (15) feet from any structure.
3-07-01-025 Fires in streets and public places; nuisances
No person shall start or have any open fire on any sidewalk, parkway, street, highway, alley, park, or other public way or place except as authorized by the fire chief or his/her designated representative. Any fire creating a nuisance must be extinguished immediately.
3-07-01-026 Danger of spreading
No person shall start or have any fire upon a woodland lot, subdivision, grassland, field, or public right-of-way within the village whenever there is a danger of such fire spreading beyond the control of the person starting or having such fire so as to injure, damage, or endanger the life, limb or property.
3-07-01-27 Attendance of fires
No person who starts or has any fire upon any woodland lot, subdivision, grassland, field, or public right-of-way within the village shall leave such open fire unattended by a person of mature years until such fire has been completely extinguished. The person attending to such fire shall have fire extinguishing equipment, such as shovels, garden hose or extinguisher, etc, at the fire site.
3-07-01-028 Fires at night
No person shall start or have any open fire upon any woodland lot, subdivision, grassland, field or public right-of-way within the village before sunrise or later than one half hour following sunset; provided, however, that the fire chief or his/her designated representative may authorize open fire at night for special occasions or conditions.
3-07-01-029 Emergency conditions
The fire chief or his/her representative is hereby authorized and directed to declare when a state of emergency exist with respect to fires within the village. When such state of fire emergency exists, the fire chief or his/her designated representative may prohibit all out-of-door burning of combustibles within the village during such state of fire emergency. The state of emergency shall exist when the fire chief or his/her designated representative or the Department of Natural Resources or State Fire Marshall makes formal declaration of the existence of such a state of fire emergency and posts a notice to that effect in a public place within the village office.
Any person or firm found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be punished by a fine not more than Five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment for not more than Ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
REMEMBER: Burning is a privilege that may be revoked at any time.