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Kalamazoo Township amends changes to burning ordinance

Changes are coming to a burning ordinance in place throughout the Charter Township of Kalamazoo after a decision and approval by the Board of Trustees. (WWMT/MGN Online)

Changes are coming to a burning ordinance in place throughout the Charter Township of Kalamazoo after a decision and approval by the Board of Trustees.

The ordinance changes include re-defining recreational fires as "noncommercial burning of materials other than rubbish, brush and leaves for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking or similar purposes in which the fuel burned is in a fire pit or commercial outdoor fire place with an area that does not exceed 3-feet in diameter at 2-feet in height."

In addition, cooking fires are being re-defined as "noncommercial, residential burning of materials other than rubbish, brush and leaves in which fuel burned in contained in an outdoor fireplace, a barbecue grill, or a barbecue pit no exceeding 3-feet in diameter and 2-feet in height for the purpose of preparing food."

Recreational fires are now allowed on parcels of land with one and two family dwellings only and cannot be kindled within 25-feet of any structure and not cause or create a foul odor. The township encourages all attendees and operators of recreational fires be competent and have a hose connected to a reliable source on standby.

The changes to the outdoor burning ordinances will go into effect on July 15. All citizen concerns can be directed to Chief Obreiter at (269) 888-2170 or Fire Marshal Todd Kowalski at (269) 888-2171.

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