[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of El Paso 1-20-2014 by Ord. No. 956 (Ch. 8.20 of the 1979 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is unlawful to permit or store any combustible refuse in such a way as to create a fire hazard, or to store, or throw any refuse of any kind on any street, alley or other public place.
Except as otherwise provided in this section, no person shall set fire to or cause or permit to be burned in any yard, lot, street, or alley any rubbish, litter, garbage, leaves, brush, building materials, or any other combustible material. All such burning shall be prohibited, whether or not such burning is conducted within a burn barrel, fire pit, or other structure or container, even if such structure or container is designed specifically for use in burning. This prohibition against burning shall apply to all property within the City limits of the City of El Paso.
Notwithstanding § 182-2, the Chief of the El Paso Fire Department may, at his discretion, authorize the burning of any combustible material within the City, including, but not limited to, the burning of leaves, brush, scrap building materials, and vacant houses scheduled for demolition. No person shall be authorized to burn any material or structure under this section unless he has first obtained permission to do so from the Chief of the El Paso Fire Department.
Any other provision of this chapter notwithstanding, it shall be lawful for any person, for the primary purpose of cooking food, to burn combustible material ordinarily used for such purpose in a permanent or temporary outdoor fireplace, grill, or barbecue pit; provided, however, that any such fire must be kept a sufficient distance from any building, structure, or other material so as not to constitute a fire hazard.
Any other provision of this chapter notwithstanding, it shall be lawful for any person to create and maintain a recreational campfire, where "recreational campfire" is defined as a small and orderly wood fire used solely for recreational purposes and constantly attended by one or more persons. Any such fire must be kept a sufficient distance from any building, structure, or other material so as not to constitute a fire hazard.
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 8.20.050 of the 1979 Code, Penalty, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 2-6-2017 by Ord. No. 994.