Allen County, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Safety and Environmental Management Department in Allen County wants to remind residents that they should still follow the rules on burning autumn debris.
While burning permits are usually not required in unincorporated areas of Allen County, there are procedures and limitations for burning.
Under County Code, burn piles must be at least 20 feet away from owned structures, roads or power lines and 100 feet from any fuel storage area, pipeline or non-owned structure. Burning is only permitted between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and must be done during safe weather conditions. Wind speeds should be less than 20 miles per hour and burning cannot take place during an Air Quality Action Day. Only clean wood or untreated wood products, brush and leaves that originated from the property may be burned. The material must be burned in a non-combustible, ventilated container.
Water sources and a shovel should be kept on hand to control a burn if winds unexpectedly fan it into possible trouble. In addition, local or state officials have the authority to extinguish a fire if it is determined to be a nuisance, pollution problem or threat to property or public health.
If you have any questions about Allen County’s open burning procedures, contact the Safety and Environmental Management Department at 449-7265 or your community’s fire department.
For those interested in disposing of their leaves in an environmentally-friendly manner, you can check out the Allen County Solid Waste Management District website to get tips on how to compost your leaves.
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