Topeka Fire Department Announces Start Of Residential Open Burning

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Topeka Fire Department is announcing the start of spring residential open burning for 2014.

To obtain a permit for open burning, the application is open to citizens between April 1 and May 28. The burning season itself will be between April 15 and May 31.

There are three options available for residents to get a permit. The first is going in person to the Topeka Fire Department at 324 SE Jefferson.

The second option is to go online to From there, click on Doing Business with the City, then Permit, then Burning Permit Application.

The last option is to call 368-4000 to connect with a staff member, who will help in the application process.

Once an application is received, Fire Dept. Inspectors will conduct an on-site inspection to ensure that approved material is all that will be burned safely.

Residents are reminded that burning without a permit or in times where it's not allowed will get a citation or have their permit revoked.

Here are the rules for safe residential open burning:

-A valid permit ust be in the possession of the person burning or available for inspection.
-On the day of the burning, Fire Dispatch at 785-368-9514 must be notified before and after burning.
-Burn only during daylight hours.
-No burning during periods when surface wind speed is less than 5 mph or more than 15 mph.
-No burning during inclement or foggy conditions or on very cloudy days (ceiling less than 2000').
-No burning within 50 feet of any structure.
-No burning of heavy smoke producing materials including heavy oils, tires, tarpaper, or any material which gives off an odor or smoke that is of soiling soot content.
-Open fires must be attended until the fire is extinguished.
-Always have a garden hose connected to a water supply or other approved fire extinguishing equipment readily available for use.