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Burning Regulations - Health Hazards

Since we will soon be entering the spring season, it may be helpful to review burning regulations applicable to both the City of Springfield (City Limits) and the unincorporated areas adjacent to the City of Springfield.

Neighbors living near the edge of the City and within Ward 9 have asked, what to do if burning is occurring just outside of the City Limits by an adjacent property owner.

Regulations for areas both in the City, and adjacent to the City, state that burning must meet several conditions including that "there is no imminent health hazard to persons in the area."

For example, if you have asthma and an an adjacent property owner is burning. You may call the Springfield Fire Department at (217) 788-8450, and inform them of this health hazard. The Department will then go out to the site, and extinguish the fire.

City of Springfield Burning Regulations

Burning of yard waste, garbage, construction materials, etc. is prohibited. To meet local ordinance (chapter 94) and city code (International Fire Code 2006 adopted), several conditions apply for open burning (i.e. recreational fires).

Fire pits are considered recreational fires. They should be 25 feet from a structure or combustible materials. For portable outdoor fireplaces, the distance is 15 feet. (Commercial properties only/single family and duplex are exempt for distances)

Both types of open burning (for All properties) must meet the several conditions that follow:

  • Must use only dry wood or charcoal fuel
  • Must be kept to a manageable size (3 foot diameter or less/2 foot height or less)
  • Must have extinguishing capability readily available (garden hose/fire extinguisher)
  • Must be constantly attended until completely extinguished
  • Must be kept between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Burning is not allowed during high winds (in excess of 20 mph)
  • Burning is not allowed during times of high fire
  • There is no imminent health hazard to persons in the area

Sangamon County Burning Regulations

The open burning of agricultural, domicile and landscape waste in Sangamon County only when:

  • On the site waste is generated
    In areas other than restricted.
  • When atmospheric conditions will readily dissipate contaminants and if such burning does not create a visibility hazard on roadways, railroad tracks or airfields.
  • With agricultural waste, the burning shall be 1,000 feet from residential or other populated areas.
  • When winds are not in excess of 20 miles per hour or there is no other danger involved.
  • Between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. unless done so on a specified EPA permit that shall be on sire during the burn.
  • There is no imminent health hazard to persons in the area.


Click here to review a complete copy of the Burn Regulations.

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