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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Trash Burning is NOT Permitted, Please Temporarily Refrain from all Open Burning

Small fire burning in a grass yard.

We wish to remind residents that we DO NOT permit the burning of trash in North Fayette Township.

Though we do permit open burning (small recreational fires only, complete regulations can be found here), we are asking residents to please voluntarily refrain from all open burning until the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a threat. Smoke can increase an individual’s susceptibility to the virus and can also decrease a COVID-19 infected individual’s ability to fight the virus and worsen their symptoms. It can also result in non-COVID infected individuals having to seek medical attention because of respiratory illness.

Open burning can lead to brush and other types of fires, particularly during dry and windy conditions. Firefighters responding to those emergencies are working close to each other and are using personal protective equipment (PPE) that could be reserved for other emergencies. Firefighters responding to fires started by open burning could be responding to other emergencies rather than one that could have been prevented.

The request to refrain from open burning is an Allegheny county initiative. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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