[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Mars 9-5-2006 by Ord. No. 420. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful to burn in exterior or interior fires trash, motor or other oils, plastics and rubber, rubbish, garbage, magazines, newspapers, leaves, grass, or other similar materials or any materials soaked with or containing oils or solvents of any kind within the borders of the Borough at any time of the night or day. This ban is to be interpreted as a complete ban of all burning of such materials.
Interior or exterior recreational or heating fires are lawful and defined as being fires fueled by wood, coal, charcoal, fuel oil, kerosene or natural or propane gas, manufactured artificial logs or igniting materials and used for indoor or outdoor recreational or heating purposes only. This chapter shall not restrict Code-approved interior heating systems. All outside fires must be maintained in a container or structure designed to prevent the spread of a fire to surrounding vegetation.
Wood branches from the trimming or cutting of live or dead trees or bushes may be burned between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. These fires must be attended by a resident, employee or agent, or owner of the property at all times, and the fire must be completely extinguished by 5:00 p.m. Burning, once completed, must then have all ashes extinguished by water so that there is no smoldering and smoke-producing waste. Permitted fires may be started with combustible items such as cardboard. No smoldering fires shall be permitted. No wood or other scrap from construction or renovation of buildings may be burned, and no structures may be burned.
A violation of this chapter shall constitute a summary offense. Any person or other entity who fails to comply with any of the requirements of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300. In default of payment of the fine, such person or the members of the partnership or the officers of a corporation shall be liable to imprisonment for not more than 90 days. All fines collected for the violations of this chapter shall be paid over to the Borough. Each violation of this chapter on a separate date shall be considered a separate offense.