Open Burning Season Starts Jan. 15, Runs Until May

brush-burningOpen burning starts on Jan. 15 in Hamilton and permits will be available at the Hamilton Public Safety Building, according to Fire Chief Philip Stevens.

Permits cost $20 and are $10 for age 65 and older.

Burning hours each day are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and fires must be attended at all times. All fires must be 75 feet from any building and can consist only of brush and cannot include leaves.

The open burning season statewide, and in Hamilton, runs through May 1.

Some safety tips for open burning:

  • Keep fire suppression tools handy, including a water hose, pump, shovel, or other firefighting implements to manage the burn and to put it out if it starts to get out of control.
  • Monitor the burn closely until it is dead out. If there are signs of the burn expanding beyond the planned area, such as increasing smoke and increasing flames, take action to put it out immediately. If you can’t suppress it, call the Hamilton Fire Department.
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