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Any codes/laws on burning things in your yard?

wondering if anyone knows about what can't be burned in your yard? some of my neighbors think it's ok to burn cardboard, old wood etc in those fire pits. from what I undertstand, this is really bad for air quality and overall the enviroment. it seems to be a trend around here .some times it smells like a warehouse fire and the flames were touching the trees. anyone have this problem or know of any codes? I know it's a old school way of doing things, but I think it was found to be bad news. who do you call in town gov't?

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Comment by Rafiqua Doniger on November 17, 2015 at 7:23pm

My neighbor made a fire ring with bricks and using it, very close to my property line and metal fence. I am not comfortable for that. How can i find the information about making fun fire and how far they should be from building or neighbor's property line. The fire department doesn't pick up the phone. I left a message to beacon building department, didn't get call back. 

Comment by Dana Devine O'Malley on April 14, 2009 at 1:26pm
oh yes i don't want to rain on anyone parade, i just want them to be safe and not to make the fresh air smell like a warehouse fire :) they should not be used for a bonfire. thanks for the tip and i will call them. i have some fireman in the hood and are very nice.
Comment by Andy Brown on April 14, 2009 at 7:39am
Another thought: Call or email the fire dept and ask them how to deal with it. They are usually very helpful. The best approach would be to make it a public safety issue. If the flames are touching the trees they could burn down the neighborhood.
Comment by Andy Brown on April 14, 2009 at 6:03am
I looked into this last fall because I was considering getting a fire pit for it's intended purpose--to burn a few logs in my backyard and extend the patio season a few more weeks into the cold weather. I would think the answer is not regulating fire pits since they could get banned and when used for their intended purpose are not a bad thing. (I would still like to have one.) The existing regulations on what can be burned in your yard should apply to fire pits, and in your situation it just sounds like those regulations need to be enforced.
Comment by Dana Devine O'Malley on April 13, 2009 at 10:47pm
many thanks andy for finding out. maybe that needs to change on fire pits....
Comment by Andy Brown on April 13, 2009 at 11:23am
I checked with the city and the fire dept on this issue once. While burning garbage and leaves in open fires is not allowed, the store bought fire pits are unregulated.

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