GUIDELINES FOR OPEN BURNING VARIANCE
Please note: You must submit an application to the EEPA office, which in turn submits it to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
An Open Burn Variance allows you to burn larger piles
(up to 1000 cubic feet) of clean wood.
This Variance is good for 30 days.
An Open Burn Variance can only be issued for burning outside the city limits of Evansville. Before an Open Burn Variance can be issued, an application and a $55.00 fee must be submitted to the EEPA, the neighbors must be notified and the proposed site and material to be burned must be inspected and approved by the EEPA. The following conditions must be met:
1. Only clean, untreated wood material shall be burned.
2. Fires shall not be ignited with fuel, oil, tires, or any other petroleum product or smoke producing material.
3. Fires shall be attended at all times while burning and until the fire is completely extinguished.
4. If at any time the fire creates an air pollution problem, a nuisance, or a fire hazard, the fire shall be extinguished.
5. Fires shall be ignited during daylight hours and replenished only until such time as to allow all of the material to be burned before sunset.
6. All burning must comply with state and local regulations.
7. Adequate fire protection shall be maintained for extinguishing purposes at all times during burning.
8. Burning must be conducted under favorable weather conditions; no burning is to be conducted during a temperature inversion, Ozone Alert, Particulate Alert, or during an open burning ban.
9. Burning must be conducted on the same site as indicated on the application.
10. No poison Ivy, poison sumac, or similar allergenic materials shall be burned.
11. No materials contaminated with pesticides, paints, coatings, preservatives, or adhesives may be burned. No root balls or stumps may be burned.
12. Burn piles may not exceed 10 ft in diameter or 10 ft high, and the total volume of material to be burned shall not exceed 1000 ft3. Only one
pile can be burned at one time.
13. Clearing of land for change in land use requires that all pulpwood, marketable trees, or portions thereof shall be reclaimed.
14. The fire may not be within:
· 100 ft. of a structure owned by another party
· 100 ft. of a power line
· 300 ft. of a frequently traveled roadway
· 500 ft. of highly flammable or hazardous material storage facilities.
15. The approved permit must be available at all times at the burning site to state and local officials upon request.
16. Any additional State of Indiana application requirements must be met.
Failure to comply with any of these rules as herein stated will result in approval termination and may result in legal action being taken, including monetary fines. Please contact the EEPA during normal business hours if you have questions or need more information.
For a PDF of the Open Burn Variance Application form, please click here.
For a PDF of the "Potentially Affected Persons" form (which is required), please click here.
In the event of a complaint or other incident, responding personnel (i.e. Fire Dept., federal, state or local officials) will determine if proper notification was made, and what action(s) may be required.
Please report illegal burning, such as trash, immediately to the EEPA.