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Posted on: December 7, 2017

Raking and Burning Leaves in Streets

Burning of Leaves and Yard Waste

We are into that time of year when the leaves are falling off the trees and accumulating in our yards.  You may ask yourself “what am I going to do with all of these leaves”? Then you think, “well I’ve seen people rake the leaves into the street and burn them.  That sounds like a good idea; I think I will do that”.  Well we can assure you that is not a good idea.  Raking leaves into the street and burning them causes the streets and roads to deteriorate at an accelerated rate.  You may ask, “how is that possible”?  When you burn leaves in the street it pulls the oil up out of the asphalt and ignites the oil that is mixed in with the asphalt.  The oil is the bonding agent what holds the asphalt together.  Anyone burning leaves or brush in the street may be issued a citation.  Please call the City at 417-581-1705 or the Police Dept. at 417-582-1030 to report burning in the street.

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Ozark Municipal Code dictates burning of yard waste below:

Section 235.100 Burning of Yard Waste Permitted.

[R.O. 2006 §235.355; Ord. No. 01-076, 11-19-2001]

  1. Open burning of grass, leaves, weeds, tree limbs or natural vegetation generated upon a landowner's property shall be permitted year round, during daylight hours only under the following conditions:
  2. The location for any open burning shall not be less than twenty-five (25) feet from any structure and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire spreading to within twenty-five (25) feet of any structure.
  3. All burning shall take place on the owner's property.
  4. No burning shall be permitted on City right-of-way.
  5. Open burning shall not be used for waste disposal purposes, shall be of the minimum size of the intended purpose, and the fuel shall be chosen to minimize the generation and emission of air contaminants.
  6. Any open burning shall be constantly attended until the fire is completely extinguished. Fire extinguishing equipment, i.e., garden hose etc., shall be available for immediate use.
  • The Fire Chief or his/her designee of the Ozark Fire Protection District has not prohibited open burning.

Please help us keep our streets in good shape for years to come.

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