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Joplin Fire Dept. allows burning within city limits with proper permit

Officials at local fire departments say low winds combined with recent rains create the perfect conditions for burning.

The Joplin Fire Department allowed burning within city limits today with a proper permit.

"This was a good opportunity to just burn it off," said Nathan Souder, Newton County resident.

Souder spent the afternoon clearing branches and sticks away from his yard and into the fire.

"I like to wear gloves to protect my hands, and I've got steel there to try to contain it," Souder said. "It's nice to have some kind of containment around it, so it doesn't spread out onto the grass."

Souder is just one of the many residents across the Four States who took advantage of what local fire officials deemed a "good burning day."

"We set our burn condition on a daily basis," said Chief Jim Furgerson, Joplin Fire Department.

Furgerson says low winds and precipitation chances determine when burning is allowed.

Anyone within Joplin city limits is required to have a permit and follow some guidelines.

"In the city, we only allow burning of natural vegetation, so that's things like leaves, limbs, yard waste," Furgerson said. "We don't allow trash burning. We don't allow lumber, things like that."

Because every jurisdiction has different regulations, Furgerson recommends contacting your local fire department before burning.

"Of course, there's always a lot of risk when you're burning stuff," he said.

That's why Furgerson says burning safely is crucial.

"It doesn't take a lot to get something like that out of hand," Furgerson said. "Just be safe. Have a water source handy, and make small piles. Don't use any type of gasoline or accelerants on it. Just be safe."

Those burning this week say it's the perfect way to gear up for Spring.

"It's certainly a convenient way to clean it up," Souder said.

City of Joplin burning permits are available at City Hall or any Joplin fire station.

The Joplin Fire Department also posts daily burn conditions online at http://www.joplinmo.org/index.aspx?nid=156.
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