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Outdoor burning for the purpose of clearing off land for construction or for storm debris removal is prohibited by Liberty City ordinance.
The burning of tree trunks, tree limbs, leaves, brush, and untreated wood requires an application for a burn permit to be made by the individual who owns the property where the outdoor burning will take place. The application must be completed and turned into the Fire Department for approval. After submittal of the application, the site is inspected by the fire department to determine if the site meets requirements for size and distance from other properties and buildings. If the fire department approves the burn application, a burn permit will be issued. The permit will be valid for 90 days unless otherwise noted on the permit. The Liberty Fire Department retains the authority to prohibit burning if hazardous weather conditions exist and to extinguish a fire that becomes a nuisance. All rules and regulations associated with open burning must be followed. If it is discovered that the rules and regulations were violated, the fire department may at their discretion suspend or revoke the burn permit. If the open burning site is within 200 yards of an occupied structure signed waivers from each property owner must be submitted with the burn permit application.
The location for open burning shall not be less than 50 feet from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet of any structure.
The application for a burn permit through the Liberty Fire Department is available online. More information about the City of Liberty’s regulations on open burning is also available by contacting the Liberty Fire Department at 816-436-4310.
The City of Liberty does allow small, open, recreational fires. No permit is required, but there are specific requirements and limitations.
A recreational fire may not be used to burn off debris from routine brush trimming or a storm, which had damaged trees, etc. One may have to extinguish a recreational fire if it is deemed to present a hazard to surrounding property or if it becomes a nuisance to your neighbors. Recreational fires in any of the city parks are restricted to the barbecue stands provided for that purpose. The fire department may also prohibit a recreational fire due to adverse weather conditions.
For more information on recreational fires contact the Liberty Fire Department at 816-439-4310.
•Chemicals or combustibles that are haphazardly stored
•Storage too close to heat source
•Storage of flammables, such as gasoline, inside a home
Watering trees, shrubs, and grass will reduce risk of fire spreading to your house. Trim trees and shrubs so they are not in contact with your house.
•Do not overload outlets. Outlets are designed to have two plugs.
•Contact a licensed electrician if a fuse blows or a circuit breaker trips.
•Keep electrical appliances away from water.
•Never touch a power line or allow anything you use to come in contact with power lines.