Outdoor burning is now officially prohibited within the city limits of Bingen.
On Nov. 17, the Bingen City Council voted 5-0 to ban outdoor burning.
The language explaining the ordinance states that "it is in the best interest of the city to establish an outdoor burning ban," then provides details of what the ordinance covers.
In short, the measure prohibits "the combustion of material of any type in an open fire or in an outdoor container," and specifically includes:
Yard waste fires for disposing of leaves, clippings, prunings, and other natural yard and gardening refuse;
Fires for clearing lands of larger quantities of natural vegetation, including trees, branches, and stumps;
Burning of household trash;
Any other outdoor burning not specifically exempted.
Exemptions include: Fires for firefighter training; barbecues and small cooking fires using charcoal, natural gas, or propane; agricultural burning with burn permits; outdoor burning necessary for public health and safety as determined by the city of Bingen.
The measure officially went into legal effect as of Dec. 1.