City passes new burning restrictions

By Nick Gosnell
April 20, 2015

The McPherson City commission passed a new City Burn Ordinance, number 3171, at its meeting Monday morning.

McPherson City Attorney Jeff Houston said the ordinance prohibits burning in the city other than a few exceptions.

1. Fire using allowable outdoor recreational devices. Allowable outdoor recreational devices are defined as a UL certified device that has not been modified and still has spark arresters and associated safety equipment, or a non UL certified device if the fire box is constructed of non-combustible materials and measures no larger than three feet wide, three feet long and two feet deep and also has spark arresting mesh of a quarter inch square or smaller over all openings and the owner has received written approval from the McPherson Fire Chief or designee prior to use or modification.

Recreational fire devices are not allowed on the balcony, deck or patio of a multi-family dwelling unless the devices uses natural gas supplied by a fixed pipe or is more than 15 feet away from the dwelling and uses natural gas, charcoal, wood or liquid propane.

2. For the non-commercial preparation of food. as long as the barbecue is not on the balcony, deck or patio of a multi family dwelling, unless the device uses natural gas supplied by a fixed pipe or is more than 15 feet away from the dwelling and uses natural gas, charcoal, wood or liquid propane.

3. Fireplaces and heaters, as long as it complies with the International Fire Code adopted by the City.

4. Fires used to train firefighters.

5. Fires approved by the department ahead of time, like bonfires.

All recreational fires in the City of McPherson must be attended by a person 18 years of age or older knowledgable in the use of fire extinguishing equipment. A fire must be attended until it is extinguished. Buckets, fire extinguishers, shovels, or garden hoses shall be readily available for use at recreational fires.

Trash may not be burned in the City of McPherson. For the purposes of this ordinance, leaves and yard waste are considered trash, and the burning of them is prohibited.

Also, the McPherson Fire Chief or his designee may ask that any recreational fire be put out if such fire is determined to constitute a hazardous condition under existing weather conditions.


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