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Fire Department - City Fire Ordinances

The City of Canton has passed several pieces of legislation that regulate the open burning of materials within City limits.  These ordinances are listed below.  All violations of these ordinances are considered misdemeanors of the fourth degree (Ord. 207-2001).


Cooking Fires - Exemption

"Recreational fire" is defined for the purpose of this chapter as an outdoor open fire utilized to cook food for human consumption.

Exemption: A small fire contained in a non-commercial clean burning enclosed cooking apparatus, commonly known as a grill, which is fueled by charcoal, propane or natural gas or similar material is exempt from the application requirement prescribed in Section 1513.02.

Open Burning - Prohibited

No person or property owner shall cause or allow open burning except as provided in O.R.C. Section 1513.02.

If a recreational fire creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation, the Fire Department shall order the property owner or person having control to extinguish the fire. If the property owner or person having control refuses, the Fire Department will extinguish the fire.

If the fire is not a recreational fire which has been approved by the Fire Prevention Bureau, or any other form of open burning for which a permit has been issued by the Air Pollution Control Division of the Canton Health Department, it shall be extinguished and reported to the Air Pollution Control Division of the Canton Health Department.

Recreational Fires - Application, Location, Material, Size, and Duration

Application
Application for approval of recreational fires shall be verbally submitted to the Fire Prevention Bureau at least forty-eight (48) hours before the fire is set.

If a recreational fire is planned for a weekend or holiday, notification shall be given by 4:00 p.m. Friday or by 4:00 p.m. the last business day before the holiday. The following information shall be provided at the time the approval is requested:

(1) The purpose of the fire;
(2) The nature and quantities of the material to be burned;
(3) The date, time and duration of the fire;
(4) The location; and
(5) The fire-extinguishing equipment to be provided.

Location
The location of the fire shall not be less than twenty-five (25) feet from any structure.

Material
The material shall be of the minimum size for the intended purpose, consist only of seasoned dry firewood and be ignited with a small quantity of paper. The fuel shall be chosen to minimize the generation and emission of air contaminants.

Size and Duration
A recreational fire shall not be more than 2 ft. x 2 ft. x 2 ft. in dimension and shall not be permitted to burn longer than three (3) hours, unless approved by the Fire Prevention Bureau. All recreational fires shall be extinguished by 11:00 p.m.

Attendance
A recreational fire shall be constantly attended until the fire is completely extinguished. Approved extinguishing equipment shall be available for immediate utilization at all times.

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