Butler Township Fire Department is reminding you of burning rules in the area due to the dry conditions.
Chief Chris Switala says yard waste is not permitted in Butler Township during the summer months. You can only do so during March, April, September, October, and November and that can happen only in accordance with regulations that can be seen posted online.
Recreational fires are allowed, with no permit required. However, caution must be exercised, and the following guidance must be followed:
- Only clean dry wood may be burned (No treated or painted lumber, rubbish, or yard waste)
- Fire size is limited to 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height
- Fires must be at least 25 feet from a structure or combustible material
- Fires must be at least 10 feet away from any street or property line
- Fires must be constantly attended
- An approved means of extinguishment must be readily available (fire extinguisher, garden hose, water bucket)
- Patio fire pits and chimineas must be used in accordance with manufacturer instructions
- Conditions must not be conducive to fire spread (dry conditions or high winds)
Switala also says if you do your part is preventing fires, it also protects firefighters. In a news release he says, ‘Heat stress can quickly cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke to a firefighter working in full protective gear.’