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Chapter 404 Air Pollution Control
404.01: Adoption of State Standards
404.02: Open Burning

Air Pollution Control Rules, Regulations, and Air Quality Standards of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 1969 Edition, as amended, is hereby adopted by reference into the City Code as if fully set forth. (Ord. 625, 7-20-70)

A. Prohibited: Except as provided in subsection B, all open burning is prohibited in the City.
B. Exceptions: Recreational campfires, fires for the purpose of bona fide Fire Department training, as approved by the Fire Chief, and open burning of trees resulting from extensive storm damage, at a central collection site, when approved by the Fire Chief. The following requirements shall apply to all recreational fires:
1. The minimum distance to a structure or property line shall be 25 feet.
2. The maximum permitted size shall be 3 feet in diameter.
3. The permitted fuels - charcoal or one 1 inch minimum diameter wood, no trash or garden residue.
4. The maximum duration shall be four hours.
5. No combustible materials shall be placed within a three foot radius of fire.
6. The fire shall be constantly attended by a responsible adult.
7. A means of extinguishing the fire shall be present (such as a garden hose or a fire extinguisher).
8. Recreational fires shall be used for cooking, social or recreational purposes. Disposing of trash, debris, grass, tree trimmings, or similar materials shall not be allowed.
C. Permits Required: It shall be the duty of the Fire Chief and/or Fire Marshal to investigate requests for and to issue open burning permits for the purposes stated in subsection B.
D. Institutional Recreation Burning Permits: The Fire Chief and/or Fire Marshal may issue institutional recreation burning permits for schools, social clubs and other organizations, in situations where unique circumstances preclude the ability of the institution to meet the standards of the Code. Conditions may be attached to the permit. (Ord. 1152, 9-26-94)
E. Prairie Grass/Vegetative Ground Cover Burning Permits: The Fire Chief and/or Fire Marshal may issue burning permits to allow the burn-off of prairie grass and vegetative ground cover on the following terms:
1. Notice of the issuance of the permit shall be given to property owners within 350 feet of the subject property at least three days prior to the burn.
2. Conditions may be imposed by the Fire Chief and/or Fire Marshal, including but not limited to a condition that the City Fire Department may conduct or supervise a burn where safety considerations warrant it.
3. The permitee shall pay the fee as established by the City’s Fee Schedule in Section 314.05.
(Ord. 1352, 8-27-2007)

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