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Enforce fire ordinance

October 8, 2013

I have lived across from Brandon Park for over 20 years. I love quiet of the park at night and enjoy the cool night air that comes through the tree....

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enigma

Oct-08-13 9:53 AM

I can't believe that a city the size of Williamsport allows burning at all. Maybe instead of stupid landlord harassment, council should be looking into this.

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Capricorn1

Oct-08-13 9:46 AM

Capricorn, there's no such thing as "burning responsibly" when someone else has to breathe the smoke from these fires. -Roger

Personally I dislike the smell of diesel exhaust, but I understand that it's one of those things in life that I just have to deal with. What's next, we ban the use of wood burning stoves that many people rely on to heat their homes since they too put out the same smoke?

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rredrose

Oct-08-13 8:51 AM

Personally, I like the smell of a wood fire, but I can see how in the city it would be annoying. It's best to take it to the country or keep inside in a fireplace. The law can't be bothered to enforce such a thing, there's too many shootings, drug arrests, etc for the police to worry about illegal burning. Hopefully, for you the weather is turning cold and the offenders will be staying in.

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rredrose

Oct-08-13 8:51 AM

Personally, I like the smell of a wood fire, but I can see how in the city it would be annoying. It's best to take it to the country or keep inside in a fireplace. The law can't be bothered to enforce such a thing, there's too many shootings, drug arrests, etc for the police to worry about illegal burning. Hopefully, for you the weather is turning cold and the offenders will be staying in.

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CMReeder

Oct-08-13 7:46 AM

Caprcorn1 is correct. Burning ordinances only are on burning barrels for trash and in some areas fall leaves.

However the safety rules should apply to fire pits as to burning barrels. Do they have a grate covering the opening? It is attended the whole time it is burning or is left as it dies out? Is it located 15 feet from structures? Are they using it for more than heating?

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RogerMurdock

Oct-08-13 6:54 AM

Correction: downwind side should read upwind side.

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RogerMurdock

Oct-08-13 6:53 AM

Capricorn, there's no such thing as "burning responsibly" when someone else has to breathe the smoke from these fires. People sitting around a fire can move to the downwind side to escape the smoke, your neighbors can't. Once the smoke is in your house, everything in it stinks and can take weeks or even longer to air out.

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RogerMurdock

Oct-08-13 6:48 AM

I understand what you're gong through. Along these same lines, with the coming of cooler weather, people will be firing up their residential wood-burning stoves and owbs. I'm not looking forward to the putrid stench that envelops this city in the cooler months, nor to the burning eyes, hacking coughs and respiratory distress in general that goes with it. Burning wood has no place in residential areas and should be banned.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Oct-08-13 6:27 AM

Maybe you ought to mow your yard at 6AM everyday.

Actually, hopefully you can talk with them to come up with a workable solution.....maybe only on weekends!!

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Capricorn1

Oct-08-13 5:53 AM

The answer is simple, if you don't like the current ordinance, contact city administration and attempt to have it changed. Until then, as long as these folks are responsibly burning within the guidelines of the ordinance on their property, they are free to do so.

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fromtheport

Oct-08-13 4:35 AM

Pat, i had a similar problem in my nieghborhood, these people moved in and bought a firepit from lowes or walmart and would sit in their backyard at night, drink a few beers and chat. While I understand what they were doing the smoke was blowing into my house, what they dont understand is that causes damage to my house and with a very very light wind the ambers going in the air would come dangerously close fo my house. I contacted codes they did nothing, I talked to the nieghbors and they felt it was their right since it was their backyard, so everytime I saw them light the firepit I called 911 and told them someone had a firepit burning in their backyard. The dispatcher would send a firetruck everytime. After about the 5-6th night they stopped got too embarassed by the firetrucks showing up. While they were mad, I stopped potential damage to my house.

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