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Brule County Courthouse
300 S Courtland Street
Chamberlain, SD 57325
figures are from 2010 census
county seat: Chamberlain, SD
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COUNTY ORDINANCE #2015-1
ORDINANCE REGULATING OPEN BURNING IN BRULE COUNTY
the Commissioners of Brule County are charged with protecting the health and
safety of the citizens of Brule County, including all property situated
South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 7-8-20 (18) authorizes the County Commission
to prohibit or restrict open burning, after consultation with local fire
officials and law enforcement officials, in order to protect the public health
and safety; and
the Emergency Manager of Brule/Buffalo County
has consulted with local fire officials and law enforcement officials
concerning the threat of wildfire from open burning under certain climatic
Commissioners of Brule County have determined that in the interest of public
health and safety, it is prudent to prohibit open burning (open fire) when
climatic conditions indicate the threat of wildfire in Brule County; and
Commissioner of Brule County, pursuant to SDCL 7-18-8A-8, hereby deem it
necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health and safety to
adopt the restrictions set forth in this Ordinance and it is the intent of the
Brule County Commissioners that the provisions of this Ordinance shall take
effect immediately upon passage by the Board.
THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BRULE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AS FOLLOWS:
No person may ignite campfires
No person may ignite warning fires
No person may ignite fireworks not
supervised or approved by Fire Department
No person may burn fence rows,
fields, wild lands, trash or debris
ban does not apply to those designated areas falling within the boundaries of
any permitted commercial, state, or federal campground that has permanent fire
pits or fire grates located in supervised picnic grounds and campgrounds; fires
contained in liquid fueled or gas fueled stoves, fireplaces within buildings,
grills at private residences; fire operations by trained fire professionals.
ban shall not apply to the burning of household and yard waste, providing such
burning is done so safely. It shall be
deemed negligent if such fire escapes the original site of the fire and be
punishable pursuant to SDCL 34-35-9.
When weather or other conditions exist which may make
open burning unduly hazardous, the Brule County Board of Commissioners may
prohibit or restrict open burning in order to protect the public health and
safety. The Board of Commissioners shall
act by resolution declaring fire emergency and prohibit burning within Brule
County until such time as the resolution declaring the emergency has been
rescinded or amended. Notice of the
adoption of such resolution shall be given by posting in the Courthouse and by
publication in the designated legal newspapers.
The penalty for each violation of this ordinance shall
be a fine of $500.00 or 30 days in jail or both.
Any violator of this ordinance is subject to the
suppression costs of extinguishing the fire, including response fees, mutual
aid assistance from other agencies or fire departments, reimbursement to
governments for suppression efforts and compensation to the firefighters for
time lost from their employment.
Dated this 21st day of April, 2015.
Brad Carson, Chairperson
Pamela Petrak, Auditor