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With the recent field burn in Thomson, what exactly are the ordinances for your city when it comes to burning things like trash and leaves? We've compiled a few of the burning ordinances from local cities that you can review below.


Leaves, trees, tree trimmings, grass, rubbish, residential waste, or garbage shall not be burned within the city, except as follows:

(a)Fireplaces, wood burning stoves, and barbecue grills may be used for the purposes intended by such items.

(b)Open fires for cooking, heating, recreation and ceremonies shall be allowed when such fire is not composed in whole or substantial part of leaves and the location of such fire, and the items necessary for its containment, comply with the provisions of the fire code. However, all such fires shall be limited as follows:

(1) No fire shall continue beyond 10:00 p.m.

(2) No property shall be used for a fire as allowed in this subsection (b) more than once in a seven (7) consecutive day period.

(c)Upon permit of the fire chief, and payment of a ten dollar ($10.00) permit fee, the following additional items may be burned:

(1) Disaster rubbish - resulting from cleanup of an area within specifically designated disaster areas.

(2) Trees and tree trimmings by a local governmental entity.

(3) Waste gases via a flare stack.

(4) Landscape waste - vegetable matter waste produced in clearing, grubbing and construction.

(5) Training fires - set for bona fide training of public or industrial employees in firefighting methods.

(6) Paper/plastic pesticide containers and seed corn bags resulting from farming activities occurring on the premises.

All such permits shall be subject to compliance by the applicant with the fire code, and any regulation in the Iowa administrative code regarding such activity. (Ord. 50-86, � 1, 11-4-1986; Ord. 52-86, � 1, 12-16-1986; Ord. 62-87, � 1, 11-17-1987; Ord. 45-92, � 1, 11-3-1992; Ord. 15-93, � 1, 5-4-1993; Ord. 25-00, 12-5-2000; Ord. 06-02, 4-2-2002)


You can read over Moline's fire prevention documents right HERE


Sec. 10-39. Depositing Rubbish In Streets; Burning Rubbish, Leaves, Etc., In Streets-Prohibited 1:

(a)No person shall place, deposit or throw, or cause to be placed, deposited or thrown on any street, alley or public place in the city any leaves, yard waste, ashes, paper, rags, sticks, blocks, posts, boards, lumber or building material of any kind or any shavings, dirt, tin cans, junk or other rubbish of any kind or description; and no rubbish of any kind shall hereafter be burned anywhere within the city of Rock Island, Illinois. No box, barrel or other receptacle for dirt, ashes, paper or other rubbish shall be placed or allowed to remain in or upon any street or upon any sidewalk in the city, or upon any public grounds or upon any part thereof.

(b)Any duly appointed and authorized firefighter for the city of Rock Island or any subdivision thereof, or any peace officer for the city of Rock Island shall have the authority to sign all notices of violation and charge any violations of this section. (1963 Code, Ch. XII, Art. I, � 34; Ord. 87-48, � 1, 5-18-1987; Ord. 082-2008, � 1, 12-22-2008; Ord. 043-2009, � 1, 6-15-2009)

It is permissible to burn vegetation and trees in the city for purposes of preparing a property for commercial or residential development using an air curtain burner device. Burning shall be in accordance with all applicable state regulations and shall be subject to a permit to be issued by the fire department which shall establish criteria for burning of vegetation and trees consistent with protection of public health and safety.

The permit fee for said permissible burn shall be fifty dollars ($50.00). (Ord. 024-2005, � 1, 4-4-2005)



Depositing rubbish in streets; burning rubbish, leaves, etc., in streets - prohibited





Leaf burning prohibited





15.32.110     Open fires and burning.

    A.  Definitions.

    1.   "Open fire" shall mean any burning of combustible materials where the products of combustion are emitted into the open air without passing through a chimney or stack.  Open fire as used in this section shall not be interpreted to include recreational fires or cooking fires which may be conducted without permit of the fire department.

    2.   "Recreational fire" shall mean the burning of wood for pleasure, cooking or similar purposes, either contained in a receptacle originally designed and manufactured for such purpose; or uncontained so long as the fire being burned has a total wood fuel area of not more than eight feet in diameter and four feet in height, and the fire is being used in conjunction with camping in a publicly- or privately-owned campground or at least twenty-five feet from the nearest structure or combustible material as defined in the Uniform Fire Code section 1103, as amended.

    3.   "Cooking fire" shall mean the burning of conventional fuel materials such as charcoal, natural or propane gas to cook food in a receptacle such as a barbecue grill or barbecue pit, which was originally designed and manufactured for that purpose.

    4    "Garbage" shall mean animal and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparing, cooking, storing or serving of food or of material intended for use as food.

    5.   "Rubbish" shall include, but is not limited to, nonputrescible (not subject to rotting or decay) solid waste consisting of combustible and noncombustible wastes such as ashes, paper, cardboard, tin cans, wood, glass, bedding and crockery.

    6.   "Refuse" shall mean putriscible (subject to decay or rotting) and nonputriscible wastes including, but not limited to, garbage, rubbish, household waste, incinerator residue, street cleanings, market and industrial solid wastes and sewage treatment wastes in dry or semi-solid form, organic growth such as vines, weeds, grass, flowers, leaves, plant stems or stalks, or similar growth.

    7.   "Building materials" shall mean any material including but not limited to lumber, brick, concrete, plaster, plaster board, gutters, floor coverings, or similar substances accumulated as a result of repairs or additions to existing structures, construction of new buildings, or demolition of existing structures.

    8.   "Prohibited materials" shall include, but not be limited to, dead animals, waste oil, plastic material, rubber products or materials, tires, tar or tar-based products or materials, asbestos containing materials, creosote containing materials, styrofoam, plastic- or rubber-coated wire, and similar substances.

    9.   "Wood" as used in this section, shall mean that part of a tree or shrub that consists of a more or less hard and compact substance which makes up the bulk of the trunk and branches of the tree or shrub, and which is concealed from view by the bark, and which when cut transversely is found to consist of concentric layers. Wood does not include tree stumps, shrub stumps, roots, wood products or items manufactured or consisting of processed wood such as lumber, plywood and similar items.

    B.  Open Fires Prohibited. No person shall ignite, cause or permit to be ignited, allow or maintain an open fire containing any garbage, rubbish, refuse, building materials, business waste as defined in Chapter 8.08, or prohibited material.

    C.  Exceptions to Prohibition on Open Fires.

    1.   The prohibition against open fires shall not be construed to prohibit the open burning of wood, as defined in section 15.32.110 A,9, subject to the other requirements imposed by this section. The city, however, does not encourage the burning of wood and will collect wood not larger than six inches in diameter nor longer than five feet in length at curbside during normal solid waste collection if it is securely tied together in a bundle of fifty pounds or less in weight.

    2.   The fire department may, at its discretion, issue an open burning permit, subject to the other requirements of this section, for the following types of fires:

    a.   Controlled ceremonial bonfires.

    b.   Disaster rubbish. Disaster rubbish includes yardwaste and other similar organic waste that may otherwise be prohibited as refuse and building material, which occurs as a result of a community disaster.  Disaster rubbish may be burned only when an official declaration has been made that an emergency disaster condition exists and then, only during the period of time designated in the emergency disaster declaration.

    c.   Prescribed agricultural or natural areas. The open burning of fields or other areas planted with vegetation native to this region, may be permitted if necessary for the maintenance of native plants and controlling growth of invasive plan species. Such prescribed burns may only be conducted by personnel approved by the fire marshal or fire chief and with an approved burn plan and burn permit.

    d.   Bona fide training fires.  Fires set for the purpose of bona fide training of public, institutional or industrial employees in methods of fire fighting.

    e.   Flare stacks.  Open burning or flaring of waste gases may be permitted.

    D.  Regulation of Open Fires.

    1.   Prohibited on Public Property. No person shall ignite, cause or permit to be ignited, allow, maintain or burn a fire in any manner on publicly owned or publicly controlled property. Publicly owned or controlled property includes, but is not limited to, bridges, streets, alleys, sidewalks, boulevards, public rights-of-way, and other public property or places which have not been approved in writing by the fire chief or his designee. This section shall not be construed to prohibit cooking fires in public parks unless otherwise prohibited in this code, recreational fires as allowed on publicly-owned campgrounds unless otherwise prohibited by this code, or approved burning of fields and natural areas, pursuant to Section 15.32.110C,2c.

    2.   Attending to Fire Required. All open fires, cooking fires and recreational fires shall be continuously attended to by a competent person until the fire is extinguished.  A person attending to an open fire, cooking fire or recreational fire must have a garden hose connected to a water supply or an approved fire extinguisher readily available to control the fire.

    3.   Distance from Structures. Open fires shall not be located, ignited, allowed, permitted or maintained less than fifty feet from any structure or combustible material as defined in the Uniform Fire Code Section 1103, as amended.

    4.   Prohibited During Hazardous Conditions. When atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make the burning of open fires hazardous, the fire chief and/or fire marshal may prohibit any or all open fires by issuing a proclamation banning open fires.  Such proclamation shall remain in effect until such time as the fire chief and/or fire marshal recalls or cancels the same.

    5.   Sunrise to Sunset.  Open burning is permitted only between sunrise and sunset.  All open fires must be completely extinguished at sunset.

    6.   Burn Days.  The burning of wood in an open fire on private property shall be prohibited unless the fire chief or his designee has declared a particular day a "burn day" by recorded message on the telephone.

    7.   Burning to Clear Land.  Notwithstanding Section 15.32.110 C,1, no person shall ignite, cause or permit to be ignited, allow or maintain the burning of refuse, wood, trees, brush, shrubs, or similar organic growth for the purpose of clearing the land of trees, shrubs, brush or similar organic growth for development.

    E.  Nuisance Fire Conditions. No person shall burn any matter which the Fire Chief or his designee determines is causing:

    1.   Dense, thick, or heavy smoke, or

    2.   A strong odor, or

    3.   Constitutes a hazardous condition to life or property. (Ord. 2012-436 §§ 1, 2: Ord. 99-343 § 1: Ord. 95-208 § 12).

deposit, accumulation, and burning of litter prohibited

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