ARTICLE A.  OPEN BURNINGlinklink

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6-8A-1: PURPOSE:
6-8A-2: OPEN BURNING PROHIBITED:
6-8A-3: EXCEPTIONS TO BURNING PROHIBITION:
6-8A-4: OPEN BURNING SITES:
6-8A-5: ATTENDANCE OF FIRE:
6-8A-6: PROCLAMATION:
6-8A-7: WIND RESTRICTIONS:
6-8A-8: OPEN BURNING PERMITS:
6-8A-9: AUTHORITY OF PUBLIC OFFICERS:

6-8A-1: PURPOSE: linklink


The purpose and intent of this article is to prohibit open burning except where there is no other reasonable means of producing a similar public benefit. (1991 Code)
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6-8A-2: OPEN BURNING PROHIBITED: linklink

No person shall ignite, cause to be ignited, permit to be ignited, allow or maintain any fire for the purpose of burning or consuming yard waste, refuse, garbage, or other waste material, except as specifically provided in section 6-8A-3 of this article. (1991 Code; Ord. 609, 6-21-2004)
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6-8A-3: EXCEPTIONS TO BURNING PROHIBITION: linklink


A. Recreational Fires: Fires for cooking, heating, and recreation. All such fires must use only charcoal; clean, dry, seasoned firewood; natural gas or propane. All such fires shall be within a noncombustible container device, structure or fire ring designed for the purpose of containing a fire. Recreational fires shall be no larger than three feet (3') in diameter and two feet (2') in height.


B. Disaster Rubbish: The open burning of rubbish, including landscape waste, for the duration of a community disaster period in cases where an officially declared emergency exists.


C. Training Fires: Fires set and used for the purpose of bona fide instruction and training of public, institutional or industrial employees in the methods of firefighting.


D. City Landscape Waste Disposal Site: Burning conducted by, or at the direction of, employees of the city department of public works at the city's designated landscape waste disposal site.


E. Incinerators: Incinerators operated by permit issued by the Iowa department of natural resources, when operated in accordance with the permit.


F. Open Burning By Permit: Such open burning activities for which an open burning permit has been requested from, and issued by, the Spencer fire chief or his designee. Open burning activities for which a permit may be issued include: ceremonial fires for groups or organizations; prescribed landscape fires for the maintenance of native prairie grasses and agricultural areas; and such other open burning activities as are deemed necessary and appropriate. (1991 Code; Ord. 609, 6-21-2004; Ord. 679, 10-20-2008)

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6-8A-4: OPEN BURNING SITES: linklink

It shall be unlawful to start, maintain or allow open burning on any pavement, street, avenue, alley, or other public right of way; or on any private ground within ten feet (10') of any building (including overhangs), woodpile, wooden structure or other property subject to damage by fire, including wooden patios and wooden decks. (Ord. 679, 10-20-2008)
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6-8A-5: ATTENDANCE OF FIRE: linklink

All open burning shall be constantly attended by a competent person until the fire is extinguished. (1991 Code; Ord. 679, 10-20-2008)
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6-8A-6: PROCLAMATION: linklink

The mayor or chief of the fire department may prohibit open burning during periods of extremely dry conditions or under other conditions when open burning is dangerous to life or property. Such a prohibition shall be implemented by proclamation which shall be posted at the fire station and at city hall and shall be distributed to all newspapers and radio stations located in the city. (1991 Code)
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6-8A-7: WIND RESTRICTIONS: linklink

No fire shall be ignited or maintained when the velocity of the wind exceeds twenty (20) miles per hour. (Ord. 679, 10-20-2008)
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6-8A-8: OPEN BURNING PERMITS: linklink

Any person who desires to accomplish open burning in the city pursuant to the provisions of subsection 6-8A-3F of this article may submit an application for approval of an open burning permit. No application fee is required. Upon receipt of such an application, the fire chief or his designee shall investigate the application and shall determine, in his discretion, whether the permit should be denied or granted and, if granted, under what conditions or limitations.

In granting an open burning permit, the fire chief shall consider potential damage to property or persons; potential adverse effects of smoke and other products of combustion; alternative disposal methods available; and the relative costs of alternative disposal methods. (Ord. 609, 6-21-2004)
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6-8A-9: AUTHORITY OF PUBLIC OFFICERS: linklink

The Spencer fire chief, assistant chiefs or full time employees of the Spencer fire department and sworn Spencer police officers may require that any open burning activity in the city be immediately discontinued, if the officer determines the activity to be in violation of the provisions of this chapter or to be potentially harmful to persons or property. (Ord. 609, 6-21-2004)
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