Town’s fire ban lifted
On Monday, July 10th, 2012 the Silverton Board of Trustees voted unanimously to lift the emergency Town-wide fire ban the Board had imposed on June 27th, 2012. Normal restrictions on unlawful open fires remain in effect in Town. Visitors should also be mindful of the fact that despite much-needed regional rains of late, heightened fire conditions do remain. Please use common sense while enjoying your outdoor activities here and contact Silverton Town Hall at 970-387-5522 for more information on what type of outdoor flames are and are not considered permissible under the Town Municipal Code.
OPEN BURNING AND RECREATIONAL FIRES
307.1 General. A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize
to be kindled or maintained any open burning unless conducted
and approved in accordance with this section.
307.2 Permit required. A permit shall be obtained from the
fire code official in accordance with Section 105.6 prior to
kindling a fire for recognized silvicultural or range or wildlife
management practices, prevention or control of disease or
pests, or a bonfire. Application for such approval shall only be
presented by and permits issued to the owner of the land upon
which the fire is to be kindled.
307.2.1 Authorization. Where required by state or local
law or regulations, open burning shall only be permitted
with prior approval from the state or local air and water quality
management authority, provided that all conditions specified
in the authorization are followed.
307.2.2 Prohibited open burning. Open burning that will
be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor
emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances
make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited. The
fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment
by the permit holder or the fire department of open burning
which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.
307.3 Location. The location for open burning shall not be less
than 50 feet (15 240 mm) from any structure, and provisions
shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50
feet (15 240 mm) of any structure.
1. Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15
feet (4572 mm) from a structure.
2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall
be 25 feet (7620 mm) where the pile size is 3 feet (914
mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in
307.3.1 Bonfires. A bonfire shall not be conducted within
50 feet (15 240 mm) of a structure or combustible material
unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions
which could cause a fire to spread within 50 feet (15 240
mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
307.3.2 Recreational fires. Recreational fires shall not be
conducted within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure or combustible
material. Conditions which could cause a fire to
spread within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated
prior to ignition.
307.4 Attendance. Open burning, bonfires or recreational fires
shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A
minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with
Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved
on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water
barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate
308.1 General. This section shall control open flames, fire and
burning on all premises.
308.2 Where prohibited. A person shall not take or utilize an
open flame or light in a structure, vessel, boat or other place
where highly flammable, combustible or explosive material is
utilized or stored. Lighting appliances shall be well-secured in
a glass globe and wire mesh cage or a similar approved device.
308.2.1 Throwing or placing sources of ignition. No person
shall throw or place, or cause to be thrown or placed, a
lighted match, cigar, cigarette, matches, or other flaming or
glowing substance or object on any surface or article where
it can cause an unwanted fire.
308.3 Open flame. A person shall not utilize or allow to be utilized,
an open flame in connection with a public meeting or
gathering for purposes of deliberation, worship, entertainment,
amusement, instruction, education, recreation, awaiting transportation
or similar purpose in assembly or educational occupancies
without first obtaining a permit in accordance with
308.3.1 Open-flame cooking devices. Charcoal burners
and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated
on combustible balconies or within 10 feet (3048 mm) of
1. One- and two-family dwellings.
2. Where buildings, balconies and decks are protected
by an automatic sprinkler system.
308.3.1.1 Liquefied-petroleum-gas-fueled cooking
devices. LP-gas burners having an LP-gas container with
a water capacity greater than 2.5 pounds [nominal 1
pound (0.454 kg) LP-gas capacity] shall not be located
on combustible balconies or within 10 feet (3048 mm) of
Exception: One- and two-family dwellings.
308.3.2 Open-flame decorative devices. Open-flame decorative
devices shall comply with all of the following restrictions:
1. Class I and Class II liquids and LP-gas shall not be
2. Liquid- or solid-fueled lighting devices containing
more than 8 ounces (237 ml) of fuel must self-extinguish
and not leak fuel at a rate of more than 0.25
teaspoon per minute (1.26 ml per minute) if tipped
3. The device or holder shall be constructed to prevent
the spillage of liquid fuel or wax at the rate of more
than 0.25 teaspoon per minute (1.26 ml per minute)
when the device or holder is not in an upright position.
4. The device or holder shall be designed so that it will
return to the upright position after being tilted to an
angle of 45 degrees from vertical.
Exception: Devices that self-extinguish if tipped
over and do not spill fuel or wax at the rate of
more than 0.25 teaspoon per minute (1.26 ml per
minute) if tipped over.
5. The flame shall be enclosed except where openings
on the side are not more than 0.375 inch (9.5mm)diameter
or where openings are on the top and the distance
to the top is such that a piece of tissue paper
placed on the top will not ignite in 10 seconds.
6. Chimneys shall be made of noncombustible materials
and securely attached to the open-flame device.
Exception: A chimney is not required to be attached
to any open-flame device that will self-extinguish
if the device is tipped over.
7. Fuel canisters shall be safely sealed for storage.
8. Storage and handling of combustible liquids shall be
in accordance with Chapter 34.
9. Shades, where used, shall be made of
noncombustible materials and securely attached to
the open-flame device holder or chimney.
10. Candelabras with flame-lighted candles shall be securely
fastened in place to prevent overturning, and
shall be located away from occupants using the area
and away from possible contact with drapes, curtains
or other combustibles.
308.3.3 Location near combustibles. Open flames such as
from candles, lanterns, kerosene heaters, and gas-fired heaters
shall not be located on or near decorative material or
similar combustible materials.
308.3.4 Aisles and exits. Candles shall be prohibited in areas
where occupants stand, or in an aisle or exit.
308.3.5 Religious ceremonies. When, in the opinion of the
fire code official, adequate safeguards have been taken, participants
in religious ceremonies are allowed to carry
hand-held candles. Hand-held candles shall not be passed
from one person to another while lighted.
308.3.6 Theatrical performances. Where approved,
open-flame devices used in conjunction with theatrical performances
are allowed to be used when adequate safety precautions
have been taken in accordance with NFPA 160.
308.3.7 Group A occupancies. Open-flame devices shall
not be used in a Group A occupancy.
1. Open-flame devices are allowed to be used in the
following situations, provided approved precautions
are taken to prevent ignition of a combustible
material or injury to occupants:
1.1. Where necessary for ceremonial or religious
purposes in accordance with Section
1.2. On stages and platforms as a necessary part
of a performance in accordance with Section
1.3. Where candles on tables are securely supported
on substantial noncombustible
bases and the candle flames are protected.
2. Heat-producing equipment complying with Chapter
6 and the International Mechanical Code.
3. Gas lights are allowed to be used provided adequate
precautions satisfactory to the fire code official
are taken to prevent ignition of combustible
308.4Torches for removing paint. Persons utilizing a torch or
other flame-producing device for removing paint from a structure
shall provide a minimum of one portable fire extinguisher
complying with Section 906 and with a minimum 4-A rating,
two portable fire extinguishers, each with a minimum 2-A rating,
or a water hose connected to the water supply on the premises
where such burning is done. The person doing the
burning shall remain on the premises 1 hour after the torch or
flame-producing device is utilized.
308.4.1 Permit. A permit in accordance with Section 105.6
shall be secured from the fire code official prior to the utilization
of a torch or flame-producing device to remove paint
from a structure.
308.5 Open-flame devices. Torches and other devices, machines
or processes liable to start or cause fire shall not be operated
or used in or upon hazardous fire areas, except by a permit
in accordance with Section 105.6 secured from the fire code official.
Exception: Use within inhabited premises or designated
campsites which are a minimum of 30 feet (9144 mm) from
grass-, grain-, brush- or forest-covered areas.
308.5.1 Signals and markers. Flame-employing devices,
such as lanterns or kerosene road flares, shall not be operated
or used as a signal or marker in or upon hazardous fire
Exception: The proper use of fusees at the scenes of
emergencies or as required by standard railroad operating
308.5.2 Portable fueled open-flame devices. Portable
open-flame devices fueled by flammable or combustible
gases or liquids shall be enclosed or installed in such a manner
as to prevent the flame from contacting combustible material.
1. LP-gas-fueled devices used for sweating pipe
joints or removing paint in accordance with Chapter
2. Cutting and welding operations in accordance with
3. Torches or flame-producing devices in accordance
with Section 308.4.
4. Candles and open-flame decorative devices in accordance
with Section 308.3.