Open Burn

The Harrison Township Fire Prevention Ordinance and the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Public Act 451 of 1994 regulate open burning.

What kind of open burning is prohibited in Harrison Township?
The burning of unwanted materials such as paper, trees, brush, leaves, grass, and other debris, where smoke and other emissions are released directly into the air without passing thorough a chimney or stack is prohibited in Harrison Township. This also includes using incineration devices that do not control combustion air to maintain an adequate temperature and do not provide sufficient residence time for complete combustion. This kind of open burning pollutes the air and poses a fire hazard. The air pollution created can irritate eyes and lungs, obscure visibility, soil nearby surfaces, create annoying odors, and are a threat to those with respiratory conditions.

What kind of outdoor fires are permitted in Harrison Township?
Residents are permitted to have small cooking or warming fires providing the following conditions are met.
  • The fire must be 50’ from any structure.
  • Only dry seasoned firewood can be used for fuel. The burning of brush, grass clippings, garbage, or construction materials is prohibited.
  • The fire must be attended at all times.
  • There must be an extinguishment source immediately available. (i.e. hose, portable extinguisher, etc).
  • The fire must not emit excessive smoke that could create a nuisance to neighbors.
Remember, you are legally responsible for any fire you start!