“It is illegal to burn anything inside the city limits without a burn permit.”

That’s the response from Arab Fire and Rescue Chief Ricky Phillips when the Tribune asked about folks burning leaves and other items as they begin their spring cleaning and yard work.

He’s very clear.

It is illegal to burn anything in the city limits without a burn permit.

“There are some very stringent requirements from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) that must be followed in order to get a burn permit,” Phillips said.

The main requirement is that the burning must be a minimum of 500 feet from your neighbors’ homes.

“That is a difficult requirement to meet inside the city limits,” Phillips said. “Most houses are closer than that to each other.”

Typically, permits are only considered when land is being developed and cleared for building or improvement purposes.

“A burn permit will not be issued to anyone in the city to burn leaves and yard debris,” Phillips said. “A big misconception that people have when they are issued a permit is that they can burn whatever, however they want because they have a permit. That’s not true.

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What about discharging guns in our neighborhood? Is that not illegal? Happens 3 to 5 days a week.

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