posted 01-06-2008 07:19 PM
24/7 until March 1st.
§20-3-5. Forest fire seasons; permits for fires; prohibited fires; closure of forests.
The periods of each year between March first and May thirty-first, inclusive, and October first and December thirty-first, inclusive, are hereby designated as forest fire seasons. No person shall during any such fire season, except between the hours of four o'clock p.m. and seven o'clock a.m. prevailing time, set on fire or cause to be set on fire any forest land, or any grass, grain, stubble, slash, debris, or other inflammable materials. Any fire set during this time shall be extinguished prior to seven o'clock a.m. prevailing time. Such prohibition of fires between seven o'clock a.m. and four o'clock p.m. prevailing time shall not be construed to include (1) small fires set for the purpose of food preparation, or providing light or warmth around which all grass, brush, stubble, or other debris has been removed for a distance of ten feet from the fire, and (2) burning which may be conducted at any time when the ground surrounding the burning site is covered by one inch or more of snow. Any person who sets or causes to be set any fire permitted by this section shall not leave such fire unattended for any period of time.
The director or his designated appointees or employees may issue permits authorizing fires prohibited by the preceding paragraph. Such permits may be granted on such conditions and for such periods of time as the director deems necessary to prevent danger from fire to life or property, and noncompliance with any term of the permit shall be a violation of this section. Any permit which was obtained through willful misrepresentation shall be invalid. All permit holders shall take all necessary and adequate precautions to confine and control any fire permitted by the authorization; failure to take such action shall be a violation of this section and shall be justification for the director or his duly authorized representative to cancel the permit.
When the director considers it necessary to prevent danger from fire to life or property, he may, with the prior approval of the governor, prohibit the starting of and require the extinguishment of any fire in any area designated by the director, and such action may include any fire for which a permit has been issued under the preceding paragraph. In addition, if so deemed necessary, the director may, with the prior approval of the governor, designate any forest area as a danger area and prohibit entry thereon or use thereof except for the purposes and on the conditions he designates. The director by proclamation shall establish such areas and designate which fires are prohibited therein; and if a danger area is established, he shall announce the purposes for which and conditions under which entry thereon or use thereof may be made. Action hereunder may be taken by the director at any time during the year. Notice of any proclamation hereunder shall be furnished to newspapers, radio stations and television stations which serve the area designated. The proclamation shall not be effective until twenty-four hours after it is proclaimed. Any proclamation hereunder shall remain in force until the director, with the approval of the governor, by order terminates it. The order shall designate the time of termination, and notice of any such order shall be furnished to each newspaper, radio station and television station which received a copy of the proclamation. Any person who starts or fails to extinguish a fire so prohibited or enters or uses a danger area otherwise than permitted shall be guilty of a violation of this section.
No burning allowed by this section may be done unless all inflammable material has been removed from around the material to be burned as a safety strip for a distance which insures that the fire will not escape and which is no less than ten feet. Any person or his agent or employee who sets or causes to be set any fire at any time in the use and occupation of any land on which the burning was being done is in violation of this section if fire escapes beyond the safety strip and shall be guilty of a misdemeanor