Arizona Restoration Specialists urges Mesa, AZ, homeowners and businesses to follow local policies for outdoor burning.
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Mesa, AZ, Fire Safety Policies
To prevent fire-related damage to people and property, the City of Mesa has adopted and is enforcing the 2018 International Fire Code® which includes the implementation of a NO BURN day when air quality issues arise.
What is a NO BURN day?
The purpose of NO BURN day is to avoid putting additional pollution into the Mesa air when the forecast reports that potential air quality will approach or exceed health standards set by the federal government. Under these conditions, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department issues a NO BURN day edict that restricts all burning including fire pits, fireplaces, or open outdoor fires within a twenty-four-hour timeframe. The burning restrictions start at midnight. Residents and businesses may find out if a NO BURN day is in effect by calling (602) 506-6400.
What fires are prohibited?
On burn days, open burning of trash, leaves, trees, weeds, other rubbish is still prohibited. Fires that emit smoke directly into the atmosphere without first passing through a chimney or smokestack from an enclosed chamber that does not meet the definitions of legal fires as established by the Mesa Fire and Medical Prevention Division are also prohibited.
Is a burn permit required?
Recreational fires, such as cooking for immediate human consumptions or warmth, a chiminea, container, branding of animals, or orchard heaters for frost protection, do not require a permit. However, these fires are still prohibited on NO BURN days. Other fires, such as open burns and bonfires, require a permit obtained from the Mesa Fire and Medical Prevention Division. Permits must be obtained at least forty-eight hours before the burn event.
Where are fires permitted?
Recreational fires must be at least twenty-five feet from a structure or any combustible material. Bonfires and open burns must be more than fifty feet from any structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Any conditions that could cause a recreational fire, bonfire, or open burn to spread to a nearby structure should be eliminated prior to igniting the fire.
Can a fire be left unattended?
Open burning, bonfires, recreational fires, and portable outdoor fireplaces should not be left alone until the fire is completely extinguished. Approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment such as an approved fire extinguisher, sand, dirt, garden hose, water barrel, or water truck must be readily available if needed.
Can anyone be ordered to extinguish a fire?
A fire or open burn can be ordered to be extinguished if it creates or contributes to a dangerous or hazardous situation. When a required permit for open burning has not been duly obtained, a fire code official has the authority to order that the fire be extinguished.
What regulations apply to warming/portable outdoor fireplaces?
Portable outdoor fireplaces should be used so as to comply with the manufacturer’s instructions. The outdoor fireplace must not be used within fifteen feet of a home, other structure, or any combustible material.
Are there penalties for an illegal burn?
Stiff penalties apply for failing to fully comply with the fire codes. The penalties include being charged with a Class One Misdemeanor. If convicted, this misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500. Punishment may also include imprisonment for up to six months for each day of violation.
The community of Mesa is genuinely concerned about both fire safety and air quality. This helpful information should go a long way towards helping to promote safe, legal fires and healthier air quality. When a home or business is hit by fire damage or water damage, the owners can turn to Arizona Restoration Specialists. The team of dedicated and caring professionals has served Mesa, AZ, and the Phoenix Valley area since 1999 with a menu of services that includes all facets of water damage and related problems, such as mold removal and remediation, sewage cleanup, and repair and reconstruction. With crews on call around the clock 365 days a year, the company can respond on scene to any water damage issue within an hour. Every aspect of their work is fully guaranteed. Customers experience the best service in the restoration industry.
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