Sec. 38-7. - Open burning.
(a) Prohibited. Except as provided herein, no person, firm, corporation, partnership or any other entity may openly burn or cause to be burned any material at any time.
(b) Definitions. Except as otherwise provided herein, words used in this section shall be given the same meaning and connotation as indicated in Webster's Seventh Collegiate Dictionary.
(c) This section does not prevent any of the following:
(1)The open burning of yard waste generated on property for a 30-day period each spring and fall to be posted by the fire chief at a location at the fire department and city hall and distributed to local media at least two weeks prior to the burning period. Open burning during this period is allowed from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(2) Open fires kindled and maintained by the fire department for the purpose of training or public education.
(3) Outdoor cooking done in permanent fireplaces, portable braziers, grills, and other similar appliances when the purpose of burning is for the preparation of food.
(4) Recreational fires.
(d) Open burning will only be allowed between 8:00 a.m. and midnight.
(e) Open burning must be attended at all times.
(f) An adequate means for extinguishing the fire must be present and operable during the opening burning.
(g) All open burning must cease upon request of the police or fire department, if the fire has been deemed to have become a health or safety issue.
Open burning shall include the combustion of any materials in such a way that untreated products of combustion are emitted to the open air without originating or passing through filtering equipment for which a permit has been issued by the State of Illinois.
Yard waste is defined as refuse generated from a single- or two-family residential property as a result of usual lawn maintenance and shall include any vegetable or plant refuse except garbage and agricultural waste. The term includes tree trimmings, branches, brush, leaves, weeds, shrubbery, and yard trimmings.
Recreational fires shall be limited to yard waste with branches no more than six inches in diameter (except grass clippings which shall not be burned) with the base of the fire not to exceed 36 inches in diameter with the flames not exceeding 36 inches in height. Exceptions to the size may be granted by the fire chief where proper equipment is in place and the location does not pose an undue hazard. The burning of treated wood in any form, garbage, food products, paper products or cardboard, manure, plastic, and rubber is prohibited.
(1) Any person shall immediately extinguish any fire that violates this section. Any fire commenced after notification by a member of the South Beloit Police Department or Fire Department shall constitute a separate violation and each day a fire continues shall constitute a separate violation.
(2) Enforcement of this section shall be the responsibility of the South Beloit Police Department or Fire Department.
(3) Penalties for violation of this section shall not exceed $750.00 per offense.
(Code 1972, § 10-7; Ord. No. 1683A, § 1, 11-1-2004; Ord. No. 1795, §§ 1—4, 3-21-2011)
If you have any questions about the ordinance feel free to contact the fire department at 815-389-3097.
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