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City of Moscow Fire Officials Announce Fall Burning Season

MOSCOW —  City of Moscow Fire Officials have announced a fall burning season will be Oct. 21 – Nov. 20. Open burning is allowed for garden waste, tree trimmings, and brush only. The following conditions apply to open burning:

Burning shall be at a distance of at least 25 feet from any building, structure, or other combustible material when the pile size is 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less. Anything larger shall be 50 feet or more from any structure or other combustible material.

A garden hose with water supply or other fire extinguishing equipment shall be on hand, and a competent person will be at the burn site at all times until the fire has been totally extinguished. Persons who are burning debris must be in legal control of the lot or parcel of land on which the burning occurs.

There will be no burning on public land.

No waste matter shall be burned, which will, in the burning process, produce toxic, dense, or offensive odors.

No burning will be allowed after dark, and persons burning debris will make sure that all fires are totally extinguished before leaving the site.

No demolition or construction site burning is permitted during this burning period.

This burning period shall not include lot burning, leaves, grass trimmings, or any rubbish containing paper products.

A written permit is not required for this burning period; however, persons who do not meet the above requirements may be subject to fines as per the City of Moscow Code.

Burning will be ordered immediately discontinued if: 

The Fire Chief or his designee on duty determines that smoke emissions are offensive to occupants of surrounding property or if the duty officer determines open burning to constitute a hazardous condition.

The Department of Environmental Quality issues an air quality forecast and caution with a mandatory burn ban. Air quality conditions and burn bans can be obtained by calling 1-855-401-4636 or 208-799-4370.