Borough of Palmyra, PA
Lebanon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Palmyra as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 191.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 270.
Zoning — See Ch. 380.
[Adopted 5-24-2004 by Ord. No. 670 (Ch. VII, Part 2, of the 1975 Borough Code)]

§ 127-1 Definitions. [1] [2]

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
BURNING
The tending, causing to ignite or igniting of any material to cause flame, smoke, embers, hot ash or residue, in combination or individually.
RECREATIONAL BURNING
For the purposes of this article, the following shall be deemed to be recreational burning:
A. 
Any device manufactured, designed and built for the express purpose of cooking food out of doors. Outdoor grills may be fueled only by LP or natural gas, charcoal briquettes, or wood. Wood shall include any unpainted wood or wood product.
B. 
A small outdoor fireplace usually made of clay, terra cotta or metal, fueled only by wood, charcoal briquettes or LP/natural gas and must be screened to prevent flying embers and hot ash.
C. 
A place for building fires outside of the home. Similar in construction to an indoor fireplace, usually added to a stone, brick, or concrete patio, consisting of a firebox and a chimney usually used for cooking. An outdoor fireplace may be a decorative element, allowing homeowners to enjoy a crackling fire while entertaining in the backyard. Outdoor fireplaces shall be fueled only by wood, charcoal briquettes or natural/LP gas and must be screened to prevent flying embers and hot ash when unattended.
[1]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[2]
Editor's Note: Original Section 11, Authorization in advance for burning and fires, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 127-2 Exceptions.

It shall be and is hereby declared to be unlawful for any person or entity to burn or permit to be burned any substances or maintain or permit to be maintained any fire out of doors on any tract of land within the Borough of Palmyra except for the following:
A. 
Recreational burning as defined herein;[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Fires used exclusively for agricultural purposes on properties containing a minimum of 10 acres, provided that any such burning occurs at a distance of not less than 100 linear feet from the nearest point of any building and not less than 100 linear feet from any boundary line of the tract of land on which said burning occurs; and
C. 
Bonfires, upon the issuance of a permit from the Borough of Palmyra, provided that:
(1) 
The fuel for the bonfire shall not be more than five feet long by five feet wide by five feet high in dimension and shall not burn longer than three hours. The size and duration of a bonfire shall only be increased with the approval of the Local Emergency Management Coordinator or the Palmyra Borough Police Department;
(2) 
A portable fire extinguisher or small hoseline must be kept available and ready for service;
(3) 
Fuel for a bonfire shall consist only of seasoned, dry firewood and shall be ignited with a small quantity of paper; and
(4) 
Any such bonfire must occur at a distance of not less than 100 linear feet from the nearest point of any building and not less than 100 linear feet from any boundary line of the tract of land on which said bonfire occurs.

§ 127-3 Additional restrictions.

Additional restrictions may be placed on fires by the Local Emergency Management Coordinator or the Palmyra Police Department if it is determined that the situation is likely to constitute an unreasonable threat to people or property. During periods of low humidity, drought, high wind or other adverse weather conditions, the official may restrict burning to prevent the spread of fire. The Local Emergency Management Coordinator or the Palmyra Police Department shall have the authority to order the extinguishment of any fire in violation of this article or which an unreasonable threat to people or property.

§ 127-4 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 6-28-2004 by Ord. No. 672[1]]
Any person or entity who shall violate the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before a Magisterial District Judge, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such fine and costs, shall be imprisoned for not more than 30 days.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).