OPEN BURNING

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The open burning of branches, hedge clippings, leaves and grass clippings may be allowed after first securing a permit (click here  for permit) therefor issued by the Township Fire Department. The open burning of leaves shall be permitted only during a period of three (3) weeks in the spring and three (3) weeks in the fall of each year as fixed by the Washington Township Board of Trustees and published in a newspaper of general circulation not later than March 1 and September 1 of each year. The Township Supervisor may, after consultation with the Township Fire Chief, extend the allowable time for open burning for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days. Such extension shall be based upon prevailing weather conditions and unique circumstances which may impact open burning throughout the Township.

Except for campfires and fires used for outdoor cooking and other recreational purposes or ceremonial occasions (which do not need a burning permit), permitted open burning shall:

(a)  occur only between the hours of sunrise and sunset;

(b)  not be located in proximity to structures or woodlots;

(c)  not include burning of building demolition or excess construction materials and not for the purpose of clearing land;

(d)  not occur on any land and/or premises more than four (4) times per year.

All permittees shall be fully responsible for containing such open burning and shall assume any and all civil and/or criminal liabilities which may result from a failure to do so.

Click here for complete ordinance on Open Burning

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