TOPEKA, Kan. – Recent weather-related circumstances, combined with requests from residents, have spurred the Topeka Fire Department to extend Residential Open Burning opportunities through July 31, 2013. Citizens should remember the following information regarding residential open burning within City of Topeka limits:
· Open burning requires an Open Burn permit issued by the Topeka Fire Department.
· To apply online, go to www.topeka.org and click on “Doing Business,” then click on “Permits” then ”Burning Permit Application.” After you have read the information, click the link at the bottom, left side of the page. If you do not have computer access, call 785-368-4000 for assistance.
· Topeka Fire Department Inspectors will conduct on-site inspections of burn piles prior to issuance of Open Burn permits. *NOTE: Burning without a valid permit or during times other than the dates noted for the Open Burning Season may result in your permit being revoked.
· If you are not home the day of the site inspection, your permit will be returned to the Topeka Fire Department Administrative Offices, located at 324 SE Jefferson, where it may be picked up Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
· Once a valid permit has been issued, citizens are required to contact dispatch before and after burning, to confirm burning is being allowed on the day of request and to inform that the burn has been completed. The contact number is on the permit.
· During this time period, the open burning of garden debris, brush, and tree limbs may be allowed if the responsible party has obtained an Open Burn Permit.
· A person shall not burn during periods when surface wind speed is fewer than 5 mph or more than 15 mph.
Additional assistance is available by contacting the Topeka Fire Department at 785-368-4000.