Open burning, allowed with a permit, starts later this week.
The open burning season season runs from Jan. 15 through May 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Residents can get a permit for the season from the Hamilton Fire Department at a cost of $20 for the season and $10 for senior citizens. Payment is accepted by check only.
Permitholders must call on the day they wish to burn after 8 a.m.
One a permit is issued, you should keep fire suppression tools handy along with a water hose, pump, shovel or other firefighting implements that can be used to manage the fire and put it out if it starts to get out of control. The fire must be attended at all times and must be 74 feet away from all structures.
The items that are allowed to be burned include trees and brush, cane, driftwood, forestry debris and tree prunings.
While burning, you should monitor the burn closely until it is out. All fires must be completely out by 4 p.m. If you see signs of the burn expanding beyond the planned area – signs include increasing smoke and increasing flames – take action to put it out immediately. If you can’t suppress it, call the Hamilton Fire Department at 911.