Open Burn Permits Have New Phone Number To Call
In an effort to ease the process of
getting information regarding an open burn permit in
Barry County, several Fire Departments are joining
forces to have one telephone number to call. The new
number is 269-205-8510. Thornapple Township Emergency
Services will continue to issue burn permits for
Thornapple Township, Yankee Springs Township and the
portion of Irving Township they service. For a burning
permit in these areas call 269-795-7243. Assyria
Township which is serviced by Bellevue Fire Department
will still call 517-763-3262.
All others in Barry County will now
need to use the new number, 269-205-8510. You will
receive a recorded message that will advise whether or
not open burning is permitted that day. If the message
advises that open burning is permitted, leave your name,
phone number and address of where you will be burning.
You then may go ahead and burn the following items only;
limbs, brush, stumps, evergreen needles, leaves, and/or
grass. If the message advises that open burning is NOT
permitted that day you will need to call back when
weather conditions have changed to obtain a permit.
Once you have decided to burn on a
permitted day and have given the proper information to
the service line, YOU must attend to your fire
at all times until it is completely extinguished. YOU
are responsible for fire, smoke and odors created by
your fire. You are responsible for any damage that
results from your fire. If your fire gets out of your
control immediately call 911 and request your fire
Open Burning Permits only allow for
you to burn the following; limbs, brush, stumps,
evergreen needles, leaves, and grass. The burning of
logs, stumps, trees and brush is NOT allowed within 1400
feet of a city or village under DEQ air quality rules.
Michigan air quality and solid waste regulations
prohibit open burning that creates smoke or odor
Open Burning Permits are not
required for cooking or recreational camp fires.
The following items can NEVER be
burned and you may be fined for doing so; demolition
debris, construction materials, automotive parts and
household trash that contains plastic, rubber, foam,
chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics,
chemicals or hazardous materials.
There are several alternative to
Composting yard waste and using
leaves for mulch are alternatives to open burning of
yard waste. Composting produces valuable soil fertilizer
through the natural process of decomposition. Compost
piles are simple to begin and maintain, and take up
relatively little space. For more information on
composting at home contact our county Michigan State
University Extension Office at 269-945-1388.
Contact local programs about
recycling of plastic, cardboard, paper, metals, etc in
your area. Donate reusable items to charitable
organizations, families or friends. Dispose of unwanted
items in a licensed landfill instead of open burning.
Barry County holds two Household
Hazardous Waste, Tires and Medicine Collections each
year. These collections take place in the spring and
fall at the
Barry County Fairgrounds, 1350 N. M-37. The
collections are sponsored by the Barry County Solid
Waste Oversight Committee with support from the Barry
County Fair Board, Waste Management, Barry-Eaton
District Health Department, Barry County Substance Abuse
Task Force, Sheriff’s Department, and Local Pharmacies.
For further questions please
contact your local fire department.