The purpose of this article is to regulate open fires consistent with but outside the control of G.L. 1956, §§ 23-23-1 et seq. and 23-23.1-1 et seq., the Rhode Island Clean Air Act, and G.L. 1956, § 2-12-1 et seq., forest fires and prevention.
(Rev. Ords. 1974, § 5-1-1)
- Public property-Permit required on public grounds. No person shall set or maintain any bonfire, rubbish or other open fire of any kind or authorize any such fire to be set or maintained on any public ground without a permit issued by the chief of the fire department or the chief's authorized representative. The permit may set such limitations or conditions as determined appropriate by the chief or the chief's authorized representative.
- Construction site-Permit required during construction and demolition of buildings. During construction or demolition of buildings or structures, no waste materials or rubbish shall be disposed of by burning on the property or in the immediate vicinity without having obtained a permit issued by the chief of the fire department or the chief's authorized representative. The permit may set such limitations or conditions as determined appropriate by the chief or the chief's authorized representative.
- Residential property. No person shall set or maintain a bonfire or burn rubbish, lumber, leaves, brush or any other combustible material or authorize any other open fire to be set or maintained on any private residential land except as follows:
- A person may burn combustible material on any private residential land if the fire is contained in a burner with a closed or properly screened top, approved by the fire prevention bureau, including chimineas or other movable, closed fire containers available for retail purchase. Such fire containers are to be located safely on private residential property no less than 15 feet from any structure and seven feet from any property line or combustible fence.
- Residential fires are limited to the period from sunrise to 11 p.m.
(Rev. Ords. 1974, § 5-1-4; Ord. No. 08-15, § 1, July 7, 2008)
Every bonfire, rubbish or other open or closed fire shall be constantly attended by a competent person until such fire is extinguished. A garden hose connected to a water supply or other fire extinguishing equipment shall be readily available for use.
(Rev. Ords. 1974, § 5-1-5; Ord. No. 08-15, § 2, 7-7-2008)
- The chief of the fire department may prohibit any and all outdoor bonfires, rubbish and other open fires whenever atmospheric conditions or other local circumstances may make such fires hazardous. The chief or the chief's designee shall have the authority to order extinguished any fire determined to be a public safety risk.
- The chief of the fire department may authorize exceptions to this article and allow additional burning when the chief deems it necessary for the public convenience or welfare.
(Rev. Ords. 1974, § 5-1-6; Ord. No. 08-15, § 3, 7-7-2008)