The City of Centralia has announced that this Saturday and Sunday has been approved for open burning due to the forecast warm weather.
The hours will be seven am to five pm on both Saturday and Sunday. It is legal to burn landscape waste only. Landscape waste is defined as being dry leaves, trimmings from trees and shrubs, tree limbs and branches, vines and the like. Landscape waste does not include grass clippings, green trimmings or branches or wet leaves.
City Manager Dan Ramey says it is important to remember that all fires must be attended by a responsible adult. Residents are reminded that many persons in the community are adversely impacted by smoke on account of asthma and other illnesses, injury or disease. All residents are urged to utilize the leaf removal and yard waste collection services provided by the city to the fullest extent possible and to burn landscape waste in such a manner to create as little smoke as possible.
Any open burning may be halted and extinguished if city officials determine the burning is being done in an illegal or unsafe manner, or unsafe place, or constitutes danger to surrounding property or nearby structures, or which is creating unreasonable quantities of smoke. Open burning may not take place on any city street, roadway, alley or manhole cover. Burning in ditches is allowed, but it is recommended that the leaves are not stockpiled in the ditch two many days prior to the burn in order to not impede drainage of storm water.
Recreational fires are allowed for entertainment and to cook, but require a permit issued by the City Fire Department. The $5 permit must be applied for in writing at least 24 hours prior to the planned recreation fire. Only 6 recreational fire permits will be allowed annually for each residence. The fire may be no larger than six by six feet.
If you have any questions, you may call the Office of the City Manager at 533-7622.