East Peoria extends open burning for tornado victims

By WEEK Producer

East Peoria extends open burning for tornado victims

December 2, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. – Open burning season ended in East Peoria on November 30 but the city is allowing residents affected by the tornado to continue to burn landscape waste and tree branches through December 15.

Anyone needing to burn landscape waste from the tornado must obtain a free burn permit from the East Peoria Fire Department, 201 W. Washington St.

Rules from the city’s open burning ordinance apply during this extra burning period.

Only dry material should be burned in order to produce as little smoke as possible. Burning may occur only during daylight hours on non-windy days and in small piles. The burn must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult and be completely extinguished when finished. A water source must be nearby.

Building and construction materials cannot be burned. 

Residents are asked to check with their neighbors prior to burning brush in case they have health problems which might be affected by smoke, so that an appropriate time to burn can be arranged.

A complete copy of the city’s open burning ordinance is available online at www.cityofeastpeoria.com, and also at East Peoria City Hall or by contacting the assistant fire chief on duty at the Central Fire Station. For more information, call 698-4700.