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Open burn permits available—open burn period Oct. 8-21

Post Date:October 04, 2017 2:30 p.m.

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Contact:                     Wendy Meyer-Schmidt, Public Information Officer
Work Phone:              308.385.5444 ext.148
Cell Phone:                308.391.0961
Pages:                        2
Release Date:             Oct. 4, 2017—Immediate


Open burn permits available—open burn period Oct. 8-21

   GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — The City of Grand Island Fire Department announces the fall open burn period will occur from Sunday, Oct. 8, through Saturday evening, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

   Residents will need to purchase a $10 burn permit in order to participate in the fall open burn period.  A permit can be purchased weekdays now through Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Fire Administration suite at Grand Island City Hall, 100 E. First St. Residents burning without a permit will be subject to a fine.

   Residents who purchased a permit for the spring open burn will need to purchase a fall permit.

   The burn period is restricted to properties of owners or occupants of private one and two family dwellings. Burns are restricted to leaves and brush indigenous to the property permitted where no nuisance or hazard is created. Examples include tree branches, tree limbs, leaves, and garden waste. It is a violation of state statute to move leaves or brush to another property to burn.

    Fire locations for leaf and brush piles greater than three feet in diameter or two feet in height must be at least 50 feet away from any structure or other combustible material. Fire locations for leaf and brush piles less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height must be at least 25 feet from any structure or other combustible material unless the fire is contained within an approved burning appliance or barrel which has a one-half inch wire mesh screen covering the entire opening and such container or barrel is located not less than 15 feet from any structure or other combustible material.

   Residents are reminded no burning is allowed during times of wind speeds 15 miles per hour or greater. In addition, the Fire Department may ban open burning if weather conditions turn hot, dry, and windy.  Should this be the case, notification will appear at, Grand Island Television Charter Communications channels 180 and 187 and digital channel 50.1,,, and sent out to local media entities.

   In addition, burns are not permitted in public ways, city right-of-ways, and alleys. Open fires should constantly be attended by an adult until the fire is extinguished. A water supply or other extinguishing equipment is to be readily available for use.

   The burn period is scheduled twice a year; beginning on the third Sunday in April and running for a 14 day period and then again on the second Sunday in October and running for a 14 day period. 

   City Code §16-11 states further details about open burning and can be found at or residents can contact the Grand Island Fire Department at city hall at 308-385-5450 or any of the four fire stations. A brochure is also available online at

   The Fire Department reminds residents the Transfer Station accepts leaves, tree limbs and tree branches at no cost; therefore the Fire Department recommends this means of yard clean up over the use of fires.

   For more information about the open burn period call 308-385-5444 ext. 220 or go to or  




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