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Posted on: November 8, 2022

Burning within the Township

With the seasons changing and the leaves falling from the trees, we would like to send out a reminder of the current burn ordinance in place in Silver Spring Township. We have been receiving numerous concerns regarding outdoor burning and want to stress that this is a very dangerous time of year for outdoor burning due to the leaf cover, wind and dry conditions. Listed below is a portion of our ordinance explaining what is and is not acceptable.



§ 136-3. Permitted outdoor burning, regulations.

It shall be and is hereby declared to be unlawful for any person or entity to burn or permit to be burned any substances or maintain or permit to be maintained any fire out of doors on any tract of land within the Township of Silver Spring, except for the following:

A.           Outdoor fires using only dry seasoned firewood, gas or charcoal to cook food for human consumption, provided the fire is confined to a fire ring, fireplace, charcoal or gas grill or other similar fireproof container

B.           Only one fire ring, not more than 36 inches in diameter, is permitted on any tract of land and must be located a minimum of 25 lineal feet from any boundary line of the tract of land on which it is located

C.           Fires used exclusively for agricultural purposes on properties containing a minimum of 10 acres, provided that any such burning occurs at a distance of not less than 100 lineal feet from the nearest point of any building and not less than 100 lineal feet from any boundary line of the tract of land on which said burning occurs; and

D.           Bonfires, upon the issuance of a permit from the Emergency Management Coordinator, provided that:

(1)          The fuel for the bonfire shall not be more than five feet long by five feet wide by five feet high in dimension and shall not burn longer than three hours. The size and duration of a bonfire shall only be increased with the approval of the Emergency Management Coordinator

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