|Grinnell Burning Ordinance
OPEN BURNING AND RECREATIONAL FIRES
307.1 General. A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize
to be kindled or maintained any open burning unless conducted
and approved in accordance with this section.
307.1.1 Prohibited open burning. All open burning is prohibited.
a)Disaster Rubbish. The open burning of rubbish,
including landscape waste, for the duration of a
community disaster period in cases where an
officially declared emergency condition exists and
open burning has been determined to be necessary by
b)Diseased Trees. The open burning of diseased
trees shall be allowed. However, when the burning
of the diseased trees causes a nuisance
appropriate action may be taken to require relocation of
the burning operation. Rubber tires shall not be used
to ignite the diseased trees. Written permission
from the Grinnell Fire Chief shall be required to burn
c)Flare Stacks. The open burning or flaring of waste
gases, provided such open burning or flaring is
conducted in compliance with the applicable rules of
the State Department of Natural Resources.
d)Prairie Maintenance. Persons engaging in bona
fide prairie maintenance may get permission from
the Grinnell Fire Chief to conduct prescribed burns. Use
of this provision shall not be used to burn
non-maintained areas and overgrown brush and
e)Training Fires. Fires set for the purpose of the bona
fide training of public or industrial employees in fire
fighting methods provided that the State Department of
Natural Resources Executive Director receives notice
in writing at least one week before such action
f) Recreational Fires. Open fires for cooking,
heating, recreation and ceremonies, provided they
comply with the limits for emission of visible air
contaminants established by the State Department of
Natural Resources. The use of charcoal, gas, or
electric grills, barbecues, smokers or hibachis, and place
at any time. The burning of landscape
waste generated on the premises shall not be
considered a recreation fire.
g)Variance. Any persons wishing to conduct open
burning of materials not exempted herein may make
application for a variance to the State Department of
Natural Resources Executive Director.
307.2 Permit required. A permit shall be obtained from the
fire code official in accordance with Section 105.6 prior
to kindling an outside fire, with the exception of
recreational fires. Application for such approval shall
only be presented by and permits issued to the
owner of the land upon which the fire is to be kindled.
307.3 Extinguishment authority. The fire code official
is authorized to order the extinguishment by the
permit holder, another person responsible or the fire
department of open burning that creates or adds to a
hazardous or objectionable situation.
307.4 Location. The location for open burning shall not be
less than 50 feet from any structure, and provisions
shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to
within 50 feet of any structure.
1. Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15
feet from a structure.
2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall
be 25 feet where the pile size is 3 feet or less in diameter
and 2 feet or less in height.
307.4.1 Bonfires. A bonfire shall not be constructed within
50 feet of a structure or combustible material unless the
fire is contained in a barbeque pit. Conditions which could
cause a fire to spread within 50 feet of a structure shall
be eliminated prior to ignition.
307.4.2 Recreational fires. Recreational fires shall not
be constructed within 25 feet of a structure or
combustible material. Conditions which could cause a
fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be
eliminated prior to ignition.
370.5 Attendance. Open burning, bonfires or recreational
fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is
extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher
complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or
other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment,
such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water
truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.