Residents Asked to Refrain from Open Burning During Pandemic - ALOM

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Residents Asked to Refrain from Open Burning During Pandemic

The departments of Health and Emergency Services have joined forces to ask residents to “be a good neighbor” and reduce the amount of smoke and air pollution they produce during the COVID-19 crisis.

In most county municipalities (not all so check your municipal ordinances), recreational burning of clean, dry wood in a 3’ x 3’ pile at least 15’ from the property line is legal. However, officials are asking county residents to voluntarily refrain from recreational burning. The Health Department (ACHD) has observed an increase in legal recreational burning with some taking place for extended periods during the day.

Per ACHD Article XXI §2105.50.f, the open burning regulation “may be enforced by any municipal or local government having jurisdiction over the place where the burning occurs.” Municipalities are allowed to issue a citation or stop open burning if they see fit. Municipalities can enforce ACHD regulations or their own regulations, but local and municipality regulations must be at least as stringent as ACHD’s.

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