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					                                                                          Effective: 03/31/2007
                 CONTROLLED BURNING                                       Supercedes: 01/30/2005


                            SIZE-UP/ASSESSMENT OF CONDITIONS

A.      Evaluate if the fire is in danger of escaping.
B.      Determine if burning meets local regulations.
C.      Determine if burning violates DEQ regulations.

                          SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS & CHECKLIST

A.      At no time should fire crews attempt to extinguish an illegal open burn when a property
        owner or responsible party is acting in a way that might result in harm or threatens to harm
        to the crew.

                                  OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES

A.      First In
        1.       Make arrival report to dispatch:
                 a.       Confirm location (if necessary).
                 b.       Situation found.
                 c.       Assume command.
        2.       Size-up and assess conditions
        3.       Advise dispatch that units are investigating.
        4.       Request additional units, as necessary.
        5.       Contact property owner or responsible party.
        6.       If burning does not meet open burning requirements:
                 a.       Have the responsible party extinguish it (assist as needed).
                 b.       If responsible party refuses to extinguish fire, stage fire crews off of the
                          property and immediately request law enforcement.
                 c.       If responsible party can not be contacted:
                          1)      Extinguish fire and notify fire marshal.
                          2)      Leave note indicating actions taken, violations that occurred and
                                  number to call.
                 d.       If substances being burned are not approved by DEQ complete and file a
                          “DEQ Fire Department Referral for Open Burning Violations” form (see
                          S:\FIRE\FORMS\Prevention\DEQ burn violation referral form.doc).
B.      Open Burning Regulations
        1.       All fires
                 a.       Prohibited
                          1)      Burning that will be offensive odors or objectionable because of
                                  smoke or odor emissions when conditions make such fires hazardous.
                          2)      Fire on “no-burn” days.
                          3)      Burning after dark.
                 b.       Attendance – must be constantly attended until fire is extinguished
                 c.       Equipment – minimum of one 4-A rating fire extinguisher or other approved

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                      on-site fire extinguishment equipment such a dirt, sand, water barrel, garden
                      hose, water truck shall be immediately available.
        2.    Outdoor burning (yard debris, ditches, fields)
              a.      Distance to structures
                      1)       Not less than 15 feet if in approved container (i.e. burn barrel)
                      2)       Not less than 25 feet if pile is 3 feet or less in diameter
                      3)       Not less than 50 from if pile is greater than 3 feet in diameter
              b.      Provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50’ of
                      any structures including, but not limited to:
                      1)       Removing all combustibles within 50’ of a structure
                      2)       Pre-treating all combustibles within 50’ of a structure
        3.    Agricultural Burning
              a.      Must follow regulations for all burning above.
              b.      If a field burn or burn for farming purposes, when burning is done for crops
                      and to make money, no permit is required.
        4.    Commercial Burning
              a.      Burns within 3 miles of the city limits must have a permit from DEQ.
              b.      Burns outside 3 miles must follow requirements for open burning above
        5.    Recreational fires
              a.      Definition – outdoor fire, other than rubbish, with a total fuel area of 3 feet
                      or less in diameter and 2’ or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial,
                      cooking, warmth or similar purpose (including fires in barbeques and grills).
              b.      Shall not be conducted with 25’ of a structure or combustible materials.
              c.      Conditions which could cause fire to spread to within 25’ of a structure must
                      be eliminated prior to ignition.
        6.    Bon Fires
              a.      Definition – fire utilized for ceremonial purposes
              b.      Shall not be conducted with 50’ of any structure or combustible material,
                      unless fire is contained to barbeque pit.
              c.      Conditions which could cause fire to spread to within 50’ of a structure must
                      be eliminated prior to ignition.
C.      Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Regulations
        1.    Allowed Substances
              a.      Paper
              b.      Cardboard
              c.      Clothing
              d.      Yard debris
              e.      Clean wood scraps (not painted or finished)
        2.    Prohibited Substances – Any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors
              including:
              a.      Garbage, including household garbage
              b.      Plastic products
              c.      Rubber products
              d.      Asbestos
              e.      Asphalt shingles or tarpaper
              f.      Petroleum treated materials
              g.      Painted or treated wood
              h.      Waste oils

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                i.      Dead animals
                j.      Commercial waste from offices, warehouses, factories, restaurants, mobile
                        home parks, apartment complexes, and hotel/motels.
                k.      Construction waste including any material actually resulting from or
                        produced by a construction project.
                l.      Demolition waste including:
                        1)     Any material resulting from the complete or partial destruction of or
                               tearing down of any man-made structure.
                        2)     Brush or trees resulting from clearing land for development that is in
                               the City or within 3 miles of the Redmond City limits.




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