213 - Open Burning - City of Osseo

Ordinance #213

Open Burning - City of Osseo



(a) Open Burning Prohibited. No person, firm, or corporation shall build any outdoor fire within the corporate limits of the City of Osseo excepting as set forth in Subsection (b) of this Section.

(b) Exceptions.

(1) Outdoor cooking over a fire, or a campfire, contained in a device or structure designed for such use is permissible;

(2) Controlled burning of grass or similar vegetation for environmental management purposes, with the prior written approval of the Fire Chief, may be permitted;

(3) Ceremonial campfire or bonfires, with prior written approval of the Fire Chief, may be permitted;

(4) Open burning at the public brush drop off site carried out by city employees, with the permission of the Fire Chief or his designated representative;

(5) Open burning of trees and brush for major construction sites with the permission of the public works department and the Fire Chief or his designated representative;

(6) Other occasions of desirable outdoor burning not specified by this Subsection, but not as an alternative to refuse removal or disposal of which other methods are available, may be granted single occasion approval as in Subsections (2) and (3) above.

(7) Whenever approval and special permit are granted by the Fire Chief under Subsection (b)(2), (3) and (6) of this Section, the permit may specify and be conditioned on observance of safety restrictions and insurance requirements set forth therein.

(c) Chief May Prohibit The Fire Chief is permitted to prohibit any or all bonfires and outdoor fires when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous.

(d) Burning on Streets. No materials may be burned upon any street, curb, gutter, Or sidewalk.

(e) Liability. Persons utilizing and maintaining outdoor fires shall be responsible for any liability resulting from damage caused by his fire.

(f) Fuel. Fuel for open burning shall consist only of dry material.

(g) Material. Material for open burning may not include rubbish, garbage, bask any material made of, or coated with paint, rubber, Plastic, leather, or petroleum based materials and may not contain any flammable or combustible liquids, or wood treated with preservatives.

(h) Burning Supervision. Open burning that is allowed shall be constantly attended and supervised by a competent person until such fire is extinguished; this person shall have readily available for use fire extinguishing equipment deemed necessary by the Fire Chief.

(i) Time for Burning. Open burning shall be permitted only from 7:00 am. to 1/2 hour after sunset or as permitted by the Fire Chief No burning is permitted on Sunday.

(j) Inspection. Application for a permit constitutes consent that the Fire Chief or the chief's designee may enter and inspect the property where the open burning site is located.

(k) Penalty. Any person who violates any provision of this ordinance, or burns material not permitted herein, or fails to comply with any provisions of a permit issued by the Fire Chief shall be required to forfeit not less than $100 nor more than $200, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such forfeiture and costs shall be imprisoned in the County jail until such forfeiture and costs are paid, not exceeding 30 days. This ordinance shall take force and be in effect upon passage and publication, as provided by law.