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Posted on: April 25, 2019

Safety reminders for recreational fires & open burning from the Lombard Fire Department

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As patio fire pits, outdoor burning, and outdoor fireplaces grow in popularity, so does the risk of burns. Each year the Lombard Fire Department responds to numerous complaints of open burning.

The Lombard Fire Department is reminding residents of burning tips to help keep yourselves and others safe.

Recreational fires permitted under the following conditions:

• Only burn seasoned, dry wood, which burns hot and clean. Contaminated wood may cause noxious fumes.

• Never burn wood during air quality alert days, when air pollution is already higher. Visit to ensure safe air quality.

• Recreational fires cannot be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible materials (including fences).

• Fires that are not in approved containers will be limited to 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height.

• Residents are prohibited from burning landscape waste such as leaves, shrub and grass clippings. They create more smoke and can be toxic. See open burning below for information on brush/stick burning.

• Fires in approved containers (i.e. portable fireplaces) can be 15 feet from any structure or combustible materials but, cannot be placed on wood decks.

• All recreational fires must be attended by an adult until extinguished.

• Means to extinguish the fire must be available for immediate use (garden hose, fire extinguisher, etc.).

• Fire that produce offensive smoke or objectionable odors will be prohibited.

• NEVER use accelerant such as gas or oil, and ensure all flammable materials are more than 25 feet away from the fire.

Open Burning

• Residents should be aware of the countywide ordinance prohibiting the open burning of waste such as leaves, garden waste, grass clippings or trash of any kind.

• Brush, such as sticks or tree limbs, free of the above-mentioned items, may be burned when following above restrictions.

For more information please contact Lombard Fire Marshal Perry Johnson at (630) 620-5749.

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