by Chris Paulus
MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Village Board on April 2 approved an open burning and recreational fire ordinance.
“(The ordinance has) been published in the newspaper, it’s been published on the website, and we will produce hard copies,” Village President Kathy Curtis said.
The ordinance stipulates that recreational fires shall not be conducted within 20 feet of a structure or combustible material and that recreational fires shall be contained with rocks and non-combustible screening to contain the fuel within the dedicated space.
In addition, fire pits should be “at least 4 inches in depth, and should be surrounded on the outside by non-combustible materials,” while bonfires are not to be conducted within 50 feet of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is “contained in a bit or approved container.” Bonfires will require a permit from the Maple Park village clerk.
The ordinance prohibits the burning of leaves, lawn rakings and landscape waste. Instead, residents are asked to place said material in an approved yard waste bag at curbside.