Open Burning Regulations
Open Burning is the burning of any materials in which air contaminants are emitted directly into the air without first passing through a stack or chimney. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources provides a fact sheet summarizing allowable and prohibited open burning under Missouri regulations (click here). It does not include open burning restrictions that city or county governments may impose in addition to Missouri's state regulations.
Prior to conducting any open burning, businesses and citizens should contact the Boles Fire Protection District to determine local restrictions.
The open burning of certain trade wastes and tires is prohibited because of the toxic emissions that can be released are harmful to human health. Smoke from these fires typically produces large amounts of small particulate matter that can be inhaled, causing respiratory problems. The burning of common household trash, including paper products and food wastes, can also have severe consequences. Studies have indicated the open burning of an individual household's trash could release pollutants in higher levels than the burning of the trash of thousands of homes by a municipal waste incinerator because the lower combustion temperatures prevent complete incineration. These pollutants can include dioxins, volatile organic compounds, acetaidehyde, formaldehyde, hydrogen chloride and naphthalene. Open burning exposes individuals to toxic emissions that may irritate the eyes, skin and upper respiratory tract. The central nervous system can also be affected causing headaches, dizziness and fatigue.
To obtain a burn permit, please use our web site or call the Boles Fire Protection District Administration Office at 636-742-2515, Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. On weekends please call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office non-emergency phone at 636-583-2567.