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Burn Permits and Open Burning Regulations

Open burning is currently regulated by Kochville Township Ordinance 17-01, which formally adopts the 2015 International Fire Code with amendments. Currently a burn permit is not required for outdoor cooking or recreational fires that are located in a fire pit that is not less than three-feet in diameter. For more information or to obtain a burn permit, please contact our Fire Inspector at 989-792-7596 extension 123.



Open Burning Regulations

307.1.1- Prohibited Burning. Open burning shall be prohibited when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous or offensive because of smoke or odor emissions.
Exceptions:
1. Prescribed burning for the purpose of reducing the impact of wild land fire when authorized by the fire code official.

307.3- Extinguishment Authority. Where open burning creates or adds to a hazardous situation, or a required permit for open burning has not been obtained, the fire code official or other identified member of the Fire Department is authorized to order the extinguishment of the open burning operation. 

307.4- Location.  The location for open burning shall not be less than 25 feet (7620mm) from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 25 feet (7620mm) of any structure for parcels designated as one or two family residential uses. The pile size for open burning for parcels designated as one or two family residential uses shall be 5 feet (1524 mm) or less in diameter, and 3 feet (914 mm) or less in height. Open burning located on parcels that are designated for other uses than one or two family residential uses, the location for open burning shall not be less than 150 feet (91.4 m) from any structure and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 150 feet (91.4 m) from any structure.  The pile size for open burning on parcels that are designated for other uses than one or two family residential uses shall be 10 feet (3048 mm) or less in diameter and 6 feet (1828mm) or less in height.  If the pile size is to exceed the minimum dimensions stated above, approval from the Fire Chief and or Fire Code Official is required prior a permit being issued.
1. Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet (4572 mm) from a structure.
2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet (7620 mm) where the pile size is 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height.

307.4.2- Recreational Fires. Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 15 feet (4572 mm) of a structure or combustible material. Conditions which would cause a fire to spread within 15 feet (4572 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

307.4.3- Portable outdoor fireplaces. Delete Exception.

307.5- Attendance. Open burning, recreational fires, and use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended, by a responsible adult, at least eighteen (18) years of age, until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on site fire extinguishing equipment such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.

307.6- Extinguishment. Open burning, recreational fires and fires in portable outdoor fireplaces shall be extinguished by 11 p.m. or 2300 hours daily.

307.7- Prohibited Materials- Materials other than natural vegetation shall not be burned.