Controlled Burns

Open Burning
Open burning is the burning of any materials in which air contaminants are emitted directly into the air without first passing through a stack or chimney.

Open burning is allowed in Warrensburg under certain conditions and with a permit from the fire department.  Please call 747-9136 for more information and a permit.

The following are excerpts from the International Fire Code:
 A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open burning unless conducted and approved .

Open burning shall be prohibited when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous.

A permit shall be obtained from the fire code official prior to kindling a fire or a bonfire. Application for such approval shall only be presented by and permits issued to the owner of the land upon which the fire is to be kindled.

When open burning creates or adds to a hazardous situation, or a required permit for open burning has not been obtained, the fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment of the open burning operation.

The location for open burning shall not be 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.
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.

Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure or combustible material. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

Portable outdoor fireplaces.
Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet (3048 mm) of a structure or combustible material.