Open Burning Laws

Open Burning Ordinance

Local Ordinance 2012-8 covers the burning of combustible materials passed on June 25, 2012. No open fires are permitted except with approved fuel and in approved containers. It is illegal to burn trash, asphalt products, treated, painted or composite wood products, plastic, rubber or paper products. Outdoor burning exemptions include campfires and recreational fires if conducted on a commercial grill or in a stone, masonry or metal fire pit located no closer than fifteen (15) feet from the nearest structure. An adult must be present at all times until the fire is completely extinguished and a water hose or extinguishing device must be available. Permissible fuels are commercial gas for a grill or clean wood for a fire pit and shall not exceed 4 feet by 4 feet by 2 feet. The Town’s Fire Chief and Police Officers are charged with enforcing this ordinance and could issue citations with penalties up to $500 for violations. For more information, residents are encouraged to review the Open Burn Ordinance.