Can I burn leaves in my yard?

Yes, but the fire department discourages the burning of leaves due to safety concerns and nuisance issues. Instead, residents are encouraged to bag their yard waste and place them near the curbside in front of their home for pickup. Of course, residents may also haul such waste to the landfill themselves if they choose to do so.

If you do decide to burn, you must follow these requirements:

 Only one pile may be burned at a time.

 The pile can be no larger than 3 feet in diameter and no taller than 2 feet high.

 The pile must be at least 25 feet away from all buildings and property lines.

 You must have a way to extinguish the fire (i.e. a garden hose with the water turned on and ready to flow).

 You must stay with the fire as it burns.

 You can only burn during daylight hours (no earlier than one hour after sunrise…no later than one hour before sunset).

 Only leaves, small twigs, grass clippings, hedge trimmings and the like may be burned…absolutely no trash or building construction material may be burned.

(Code 2006, § 7.37.01; Ord. No. 3479, § 1)

You do not need to notify the fire department before burning leaves. Just make sure these requirements are followed and most importantly – Be Safe!!!

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1. What should I do when an emergency vehicle approaches?
2. Does the Jonesboro Fire Department issue burn permits?
3. Can I burn trash on my property? Can I burn my trash in a burn barrel?
4. I need to clear some land for new construction and / or site improvement. Is it permissible to burn the trees and brush on the property being cleared?
5. Can I burn leaves in my yard?
6. What happens if the fire department is called out to my open burning?
7. I have farm land inside the city limits of Jonesboro. Is it permissible to do agricultural burning?
8. My group would like to have a bon fire at an outdoor gathering. Is that ok?
9. Does Jonesboro’s burn ordinance affect outdoor cooking?
10. I have an old building I plan to Demolish. Can I burn the rubbish materials?
11. I am interested in becoming a firefighter... how, when, where can I apply?