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Open Burning Regulations

Open burning is currently regulated by Kochville Township Ordinance 20-03, which formally adopts the 2018 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 more 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 or complete the form below:

Open Burning Regulations:

Section 305.1- Clearance from Ignition Sources.  Clearance between ignition sources, such as luminaries, heaters, flame-producing devices, and combustible materials shall be a minimum of thirty- six inches (36”) clear space or the clearance specified by the manufacturer.

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

Section 307.3- Extinguishments 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 Departmentis authorized to order the extinguishments of the open burning operation.

Section 307.4- Location.  The location for open burning shall be not less than 50 feet (15 240 mm) from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of any structure for piles that are in approved containers or are less than 3 feet (914 mm) in diameter and less than 2 feet high (610 mm). Exceptions: 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 100 feet (7620 mm) where the pile size is greater than 3 feet or less in diameter and 4 feet or less in height.

Section 307.4.3- Portable outdoor fireplaces. Delete Exception

Section 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.

Section 307.6- Operational Times.
Open burning, recreational fires and fires in portable outdoor fireplaces shall begin at 8:00 am and extinguished by 11:00 PM each day.

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


Burn Permit Application: