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The Newton Fire Department would like to remind those doing yard work during the warmer weather that open burning is not allowed within City limits.
Open burning is the process of burning any materials where the products of combustion pass directly into the open air without going through a chimney or stack. This includes, but is not limited to: Burning leaves or brush piles, garbage, tires or rubber products, paint or used oil, plastic, and any household material that can be recycled. Residents can still have a recreational fire (campfire) as long it is kept in a 4-foot (or smaller) ring and flames are kept below 2 feet in height.
Alternatives to open burning include:
Violating the open burning ordinance means that residents are subject to a fine of $50 plus court costs for the first offense; $150 plus court costs for the second offense; and up to $500 plus court costs for the third or subsequent offense.