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October 29, 2012

City rules put limits on burning leaves

DANVILLE — City officials are reminding residents to abide by the leaf burning ordinance in light of the fall season.

Residents found in violation of the ordinance could face a fine of no less than $150 and no more than $1,000, according to Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason.

He contends that leaf fires and recreational fires are two causes for potential heavy property damage as well as injury to people.

According to the leaf burning ordinance, residents can not include twigs, branches, paper or refuse in the fire.

In addition, the burning can occur only between sunrise and sunset and not on any public street, alley or sidewalk.

The fire must be observed by someone older than 16 with either a garden hose, buckets of water, extinguishers or other equipment available.

Fires in the open must be 50 feet from a structure while fires in an approved container must be 15 feet from a structure.

Burnings, in addition, should not occur on windy days.

Thomason indicated that “No Burn Orders” will be issued on days with dry conditions and sustained winds at 15 mph or greater.

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