Outdoor Burning

The burning of vegetated material is allowed within the City of Brandon. However, the process is regulated and burning without a permit is not allowed. The permit process, for the homeowner, is as simple as a phone call to the fire department, 601-824-4636.

Permits are issued based on meteorological conditions. If the fire creates a nuisance then the department is authorized to extinguish or cause the fire to be extinguished.

 

Below are the adopted ordinances that deal with open burning within the city.

 

Chapter 3, Section 307 page 46 and 47, 2006 edition

 

307.1 General. A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open burning unless conducted and approved in accordance with Sections 307.1.1 through 307.5

 

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

 

Exemption: Prescribed burning for the purpose of reducing the impact of wildland fire when authorized by the fire code official.

 

307.2 Permit required. A permit shall be obtained from the fire code official in accordance with Section 105.6 prior to kindling a fire for recognized silvicultural or range wildlife management practices, prevention or control of or pest, or a bond-fire. 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.

 

307.2.1 Authorization. Where required by state or local law or regulation, open burning shall be permitted with prior approval from the state or local air and water quality management authority, provided that all conditions specified in the authorization are followed.

 

307.3 Extinguishment authority. 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.

 

307.4 Location. The location for open burning shall not be less than 50 feet (15 240mm) from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of any structure.

Exceptions:

  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) when the pile size is 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height.

 

307.4.1 Bonfires. A bonfire shall not be conducted within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

 

307.4.2 Recreational fires. 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.

 

307.4.3 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.

Exception: Portable outdoor fireplaces used at one and two family dwellings.

 

307.5 Attendance. Open burning, bonfires, recreational fires and use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.

 

 

Chapter 3, Section 307 page 28 and 29, 2009 edition

 

307.1 General. A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open burning unless conducted and approved in accordance with this Section.

 

307.1.1 Prohibited open burning. Open burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited.

 

307.2 Permit required. A permit shall be obtained from the fire code official in accordance with Section 105.6 prior to kindling a fire for recognized silvicultural or range wildlife management practices, prevention or control of disease or pest, or a bond-fire. 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.

 

307.2.1 Authorization. Where required by state or local law or regulation, open burning shall be permitted with prior approval from the state or local air and water quality management authority, provided that all conditions specified in the authorization are followed.

 

307.3 Extinguishment authority. The fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit holder, another person responsible or the fire department of open burning that creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.

 

307.4 Location. The location for open burning shall not be less than 50 feet (15 240mm) from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of any structure.

Exceptions:

  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) when the pile size is 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height.

 

307.4.1 Bonfires. A bonfire shall not be conducted within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

 

307.4.2 Recreational fires. 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.

 

307.5 Attendance. Open burning, bonfires, recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.