• Open burn allowed in Centralia this weekend

    by  • April 4, 2013 • News

    Saturday marks the first day of the next approved open burn weekend for the City of Centralia. Centralia residents can burn landscape waste from noon until 6 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.leaves burning

    Landscape waste is defined as dry leaves, trimmings from trees and shrubs, tree limbs and branches, vines and the like. Landscape waste does not include grass clippings, green trimmings, branches or wet leaves. 

    All fires must be attended by a responsible adult. All residents are urged to utilize the leaf removal and yard waste collection services provided by the city to the fullest extent possible and to burn landscape waste in such a manner to create as little smoke as possible.  

    Any open burning may be halted and extinguished by the city manager, fire chief, police chief or their agents if they determine that the burning is being conducted in an illegal or unsafe manner, or unsafe place, or constitutes a danger to surrounding property or nearby structures, or which is creating unreasonable quantities of smoke. 

    Open burning may not take place on any city street, roadway, alley or manhole cover.  Burning in ditches is allowed, but it is recommended that the leaves are not stockpiled in the ditch too many days prior to the burn in order to not impede drainage of storm water. 

    Also, recreational fires are allowed for entertainment and to cook, but require a permit issued by the city fire department at the cost of $5 and must be applied for in writing at least 24 hours prior to the planned recreational fire. 

    The fire may be no larger than 6 feet by 6 feet.  If you have any questions about the rules that govern the burning, feel free to call the office of the city manager at 618-533-7622.