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Yes, fires for ceremonial or recreational purposes are permissible. Please be sure to notify the Jonesboro Fire Department at least 24 hours before you plan to have your bon fire. This will give us an opportunity to discuss safety concerns and also minimize the possibility of problems that could arise as the result of your ceremonial / recreational burning.
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No, the Arkansas State Law prohibits the burning of trash, garbage, (i.e. burning wire) or rubbish of any kind. (It specifically states that burn barrels cannot be used to burn trash. It also prohibits the burning of tires for any reason).
(Code 2006, § 7.37.04; Ord. No. 3479, § 4)
Yes, provided the following requirements are met:
The site must be at least one acre in size.
The pile to be burned must be at least 100 feet from all property lines.
Surface vegetation (i.e. burnable grass and brush) must be cleared from the parameter of the pile for at least 100 feet.
The fire shall be attended until no flame nor smoke is visible.
Burning can only occur during daylight hours (no earlier than one hour after sunrise…no later than one hour before sunset).
You must notify the fire department at least 24 hours before you intend to burn your trees and / or brush. This gives the fire department time to come to your location, if needed, to minimize the possibility of problems that could arise as the result of your burning.
(Code 2006, § 7.37.02; Ord. No. 3479, § 2)
Yes, but the fire department discourages the burning of leaves due to safety concerns and nuisance issues. Instead, residents are encouraged to bag their yard waste and place them near the curbside in front of their home for pickup. Of course, residents may also haul such waste to the landfill themselves if they choose to do so.
If you do decide to burn, you must follow these requirements:
Only one pile may be burned at a time.
The pile can be no larger than 3 feet in diameter and no taller than 2 feet high.
The pile must be at least 25 feet away from all buildings and property lines.
You must have a way to extinguish the fire (i.e. a garden hose with the water turned on and ready to flow).
You must stay with the fire as it burns.
You can only burn during daylight hours (no earlier than one hour after sunrise…no later than one hour before sunset).
Only leaves, small twigs, grass clippings, hedge trimmings and the like may be burned…absolutely no trash or building construction material may be burned.
(Code 2006, § 7.37.01; Ord. No. 3479, § 1)
You do not need to notify the fire department before burning leaves. Just make sure these requirements are followed and most importantly – Be Safe!!!
In Instances of permissible open burning, you must always burn responsibly. If the fire department determines that your fire is an unacceptable nuisance or safety hazard, you may be required to extinguish the fire or the fire department will extinguish it for you. If, on the other hand, the fire department was called due to concerns from the public and your fire is within the guidelines of open burning policies, you may be allowed to continue to burn.
For additional information about the City of Jonesboro’s open burning policies, or to ask other fire department related questions, please feel free to contact us.
Yes, so long as the following requirements are met:
You must till, disk, or plow around the field you will burning. This strip must be at least 50 feet wide to help prevent your fire from spreading to an adjacent field or area.
You must stay with your field fire at all times while it burns.
(Code 2006, § 7.37.03; Ord. No. 3479, § 3)
You do not need to notify the fire department before burning your field.
Not at all. Outdoor cooking in grills, cooking pits, or outdoor fire places are completely permissible. However, you should never leave your cooking unattended.
No, Arkansas State Law prohibits the
burning of such material. Likewise, if you
plan to remodel a house or building, the scraps created by the construction and the rubbish materials removed from the structure cannot be burned.
Sec. 30-93. - Prohibited Acts
Our department operates under rules of the Jonesboro Civil Service Commission. Entrance exams are given on an annual basis, usually in June or July of each year. The test is comprised of a written exam and a physical agility test. After the testing succession a list of qualified candidates is created in the order of the final scores. If a position becomes available over the course of the next 12 months a candidate is selected from the list.
State law requires that candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 34 years old to become a newly employed firefighter in Arkansas. For more information about the employment process contact the Human Resources Department at 870-933-4640.