City and Borough of Juneau
155 S. Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
tel. 907-586-5240
fax 907-586-5385
http://www.juneau.org

 

There are two different types of permits for open burning, depending upon the size and scope of your open burn.

The residential burn permit which is for small backyard type of burns and burn barrels, and is available online.

The development burn permit is for the burning of uprooted trees, stumps or other natural vegetation in connection with construction of buildings, residential, commercial or industrial development, or the initial clearing of vegetation to enhance property value, etc. There is an application process and an associated fee with a development open burn. Please check the Fire Marshal's Office Homepage for more information.

 

Residential Backyard Burns & Application

     

What is a “Backyard Burn”?

Backyard burns are fires for disposing of dry natural vegetation grown on and being burned on the premises of a single- or two-family residence. This type of open burning is permitted for non-commercial use, as open burning by commercial businesses is prohibited. Use of a burn barrel is considered open burning and requires a permit.  All outdoor fires shall be restricted to untreated wood (no paint, preservative, glue, etc.) or natural vegetation originating from the property where the burning occurs.

Burn Period: This permit is good from the date of application through the remainder of the current calendar year. You are required to daily monitor public announcements or postings by the Fire Marshal’s Office on open burning restrictions

 

Open burning is prohibited in Lemon Creek and Mendenhall Valley from November 1st through March 31.
This smoke hazard areas stretch from Mountainside Estates to the center of the Mendenhall Peninsula and include the airport and Industrial Boulevard areas. No open burning shall be done during the declared period of impaired air quality or during a discontinuance of open burning by the CBJ. Burning conditions and restrictions should be checked each day before burning.
Air quality is important, and it is your responsibility to assure you comply with air quality restrictions, or any burn bans on the day of your burn. Click here for current burn ban status.
   
Certain areas are restricted from open burning during certain times of the year, such as the Lemon Creek and Mendenhall Valley. It is your responsibility to ensure you are in compliance to burn at your location. Areas outside the Open Burn Restriction Zone still require a permit to burn. Click here for burn ban area maps.
   
Open burning during a "Red Flag" warning period is not permitted. Be sure to check this weather service ling to ensure you are in compliance on the day you wish to burn . Check for fire weather updates

 

 

 What Can Be Burned?

All outdoor fires shall be restricted to untreated natural wood (no paint, preservative, glue, plywood, etc.) or natural vegetation originating from the property where the burning occurs, such as branches, shrubbery, or other natural occurring vegetation. Materials must be from the burn site only; materials cannot be transported to the site and then burned.  Absolutely no man-made material may be burned. Open burning of rubbish or trash is prohibited.

 

 

ONLY BURN DRY MATERIALS

Burn materials in open burns must be dry, not wet or damp. Use of tarps helps keep materials dry until conditions allow for burning.

Size of Materials

Minimum Drying Time Prior to Burning

Field crop waste cut green

10 days

Up to 2 inches in diameter

30 days

More than 2 up to 6 inches in diameter

60 days

Size of Burn:

Fires shall be limited to natural wood or vegetation piles with outside dimensions of no greater than 10’ in diameter. Open burning which creates an unsafe condition, a danger to public health and safety or which produces obnoxious odor, or smoke or debris that impinges on surrounding structures, or causes discomfort to nearby residents, may be considered a nuisance is prohibited.

Location: Open burning conditions which could cause the fire to spread to a nearby structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

Fire-extinguishing Equipment and Attendance: A garden hose connected to a steady water supply and other standard fire extinguishing equipment, such as shovel, shall be readily available for use at open-burning site. The applicant shall supervise the burning material until the fire has been extinguished. The applicant must also be in possession of the permit at the burn site. You, as the applicant, are responsible for any damage or injury caused by your fire, and its smoke.

 

   THINK GREEN - Use Cleaner Alternatives to Open Burning 
To avoid pollution and odor impacts to yourself and your neighbors, recycling is a preferred alternative to burning. Cardboard and paper products can be recycled for free. Chipping, composting, recycling and hauling non-recyclable material to the landfill are all cleaner options than burning.

Juneau Recycle Center information:

http://www.juneau.org/pubworks/recycling.php

Recycling Resources in Juneau:

http://www.juneau.org/pubworks/r-rec.php

 

 

RESPONSIBILITY-

Remember, YOU are responsible for your fire, and the smoke that it creates.

A permit to burn does not relieve the permitee from full responsibility for the fire; including costs of extinguishment should it spread, costs of damage to other property and for the smoke and fly ash produced by the fire. Fines may be assessed for violations or repeated visits to burn sites. The Fire Marshal or his designee may assess a fine if there are violations of the above conditions or if there are repeated visits by fire personnel. The Fire Marshal or his designee may revoke an open burn permit at any time.

A permit is required to be issued to any person wishing to engage in open burning on their property anywhere within the City and Borough of Juneau. The holder of this permit agrees to read, understand, and follow the provisions of this permit. You as the applicant SHALL be required to follow and adhere to the standard conditions and requirements for a residential open burn permit. Residential open burning is prohibited in the City & Borough of Juneau unless all the following requirements are met:

 

  • Applicant SHALL be in constant attendance at the site while burning. The person shall not leave the site until the fire is dead out.

 

  • Prevailing wind direction SHALL be away from any structure or roadway and the open burn is conducted during a period of adequate air movement. Burning is prohibited if wind exceeds 15 mph, and during any burn ban. If wind speeds, including wind gusts, exceed 15 mph, the burn site is to be shut down.

  • Applicant SHALL have a garden hose connected to a water supply or other fire extinguishing equipment shall be readily available for use.

  • Maximum pile size is ten (10) feet in diameter.

  • Pile shall be a safe distance from any structure, as measured out from the edge of the pile in all directions.

  • The fire SHALL not create a nuisance from smoke, obscure visibility on public roads and highways, or endanger life and property.

 

  • If the Fire Department recieves a complaint, they will respond and may, at the direction of the Fire Officer, order the fire extinguished for any violation of the permit conditions,or if the fire is creating a hazard or nuisance. The Fire Officer alone will determine if the fire is creating a hazard or nuisance.

 

  • Applicant SHALL extinguish the fire completely within 60 minutes of being given the order by the Fire Department.

 

  • The material to be burned must originate from the property. Absolutely no man-made material, garbage or petroleum based products may be burned. Open burning by commercial businesses is prohibited.

 

 

 




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