• Next Centralia open burn weekend scheduled

    by  • September 4, 2013 • News

    The next approved open burn weekend will be on Saturday, September 7th and September 8th from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. it is legal to burn landscape waste only. Landscape waste is defined as being dry leaves, trimmings from trees and shrubs, tree limbs and branches, vines and the like. Landscape waste does not include grass clippings, green trimmings or branches or wet leaves.

    The remaining allowable burn weekends in 2013 are as follows: leaves burning

    September 7-8 September 14-15 September 21-22

    September 28-29 October 5-6 October 12-13

    October 19-20 November 2-3 November 9-10

    November 16-17 November 23-24 Nov 30-Dec 1

    December 7-8

    It is important to remember that all fires must be attended by a responsible adult. The residents of the city are reminded that many persons in the community are adversely impacted by smoke on account of asthma and other illnesses, injury or disease. 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.

    Recreational fires are allowed for entertainment and to cook, but require a permit issued by the city fire department. This permit costs $5.00 and must be applied for in writing at least 24 hours prior to the planned recreational fire. Only six (6) such recreational fire permits will be allowed annually for each residence. The fire may be no larger than six (6) feet by six (6) feet.