Open Burning

Open Burning

FireplaceIn Kentucky, it is illegal to burn: tires and other rubber products; wire; treated, painted or finished wood and lumber; plastics; garbage; food waste; heavy oils; asphalt materials; building materials, especially those containing asbestos; paints; agricultural and household chemicals; and many other materials that would create toxic fumes and ash that are hazardous to human health and the environment.

Outside or open burning is regulated by state law and various local ordinances.

In the City of Florence, outside burning is generally restricted to recreational fires and small controlled fires for clearing yard debris such as sticks, twigs, and stems. Fires set to clear land for commercial development is prohibited.

Boone County has been designated “non-attainment” for ozone and particulate matter because the pollution levels have exceeded those permitted by the Clean Air Act. The Kentucky Division of Air Quality restricts open burning in Boone County from May 1st through September 30th. Violating the state air quality regulations could result in a fine of up to $25,000 per day.

The Kentucky Division of Forestry regulates open burning during two designated fire seasons; the Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season: Feb. 15 - April 30 and Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season: Oct. 1 - Dec. 15. During these seasons it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The aforementioned information provides a brief overview of the laws and regulations that pertain to open burning. Anyone wishing to conduct outside or open burning should contact Florence Fire/EMS  for more detailed information and to ensure they are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.