100 Blackjack Rd. Argo, AL 35173

Notice of Change To Burn Permits

Effective immediately, burn permits will no longer be issued online due to the way the State of Alabama requirements rules concerning open burning are complied with. The State of Alabama requires all open burns to be inspected prior to burning. Any request for permits must be done by calling Station 1 during normal business hours(8am-4pm) at 205-352-2109. A representative from the department will come out to inspect what and where the burn will take place. Please read the following ordinance and rules to be followed during open burning:

The following are permitted within the corporate city limits of the City of Argo upon obtaining a written permit from the Argo Fire Department.

1. Fires for recreational or ceremonial purposes. Any person or organization to set fire for recreational or ceremonial shall provide written notification to the Argo Fire Department no later than three (3) working days prior to event.

2. Fires for disposing of vegetation, subject to the following conditions. Any person or organization desiring to conduct an open burn to dispose of vegetation must obtain a written authorization and/or permits required for such activities from the Argo Fire Department no later than three (3) working days prior to the planned open burn. Permits for this activity shall not issue unless the following conditions are met:

a. The location of the burning must be at least one hundred fifty (150) feet from the nearest public road/highway; at least five hundred (500) feet from the nearest residence or business not on the property on which the burning is being conducted, and at least one thousand five hundred feet (1500) from any school, daycare, healthcare facility, park, athletic field, recreational area, church or other community activity/gathering center.

b. All materials to be burned shall be dry and in all respects be in a state to sustain good combustion. The amount of dirt in the materials to be burned shall be minimal.

c. Adequate water and / or other fire control equipment shall remain on site and the fire must be monitored by an adult (21 years or older) until the fire is properly and completely extenguished.

d. Asphaltic materials, rubber, plastic, tires, demolition or construction waste, or any material other than vegetation shall not be burned.

e. Only vegetation from the authorized clearing site shall be burned. Materials shall not be imported from other sites.

f. No fire shall be started or combustible material added to the fire except during the period from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

g. The authorization / permit may be revoked at any time by the Argo Fire Department if any of the conditions of the authorization / permit are violated, or if the burning at any times is deemed to create, or has the potential to create, a public health nuisance.

Monday, 21 January 2019

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