In Derry Township, the scheduled burn days are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Please refrain from burning on any other days. This helps keep false alarms to a minimum.
If you are making a lot of smoke, we advise that you call 911, and let them know that everything is under control. However, if you feel your controlled burn is becoming out of control, please DO NOT HESITATE to call 911 to get the fire department to your location.
If you are going to burn something large, you can call the department (724-539-4158) to seek advice.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation regarding this matter. Below is the Derry Township burning ordinance from the Derry Township website:
Burning is permitted in Derry Township unless a burning ban has been issued by the Township Ordinance Officer. A burning ban will be issued at the request of the Derry Township Supervisors or at the discretion of the Ordinance Officer if dry weather conditions dictate a need for a burning ban.
The following is a summary of the ordinance. A full copy of the actual ordinance is available at the township ordinance office:
1. Burning is limited to Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2. Fires shall not be allowed to burn or smolder throughout the night.
3. No burning is permitted on any Holiday.
4. No burning is to be conducted within 50’ (fifty feet) of any structure or within 25’ (twenty-five feet) of any property line.
5. Burning shall be limited to paper, cardboard and yard waste only. (brush, branches, tree limbs, etc.) NO ACCELERANTS!
6. Burning of construction materials is strictly prohibited.
7. When maintaining an outdoor fire, please be considerate the adjoining property owners. The smoke from your fire may offend your neighbor.
8. All fires must be attended and have an adequate water source or adequate extinguishment agent immediately available at the site to extinguish the fire completely in the event of an emergency. (windy conditions arise, fire spreads beyond controlled area, etc.)
9. Containers for igniting an open fire shall not exceed the size of a fifty-five (55) gallon drum. Containers shall sit not less than six (6) inches off the ground and shall be constructed so as to allow the fire to be ventilated from below the container.
10. Burning is prohibited on the ground unless grubbing for maintenance of land or for preparation of construction projects.
NOTE: RECREATIONAL FIRES (CAMP FIRES) ARE PERMITTED ANY DAY OF THE WEEK BUT YOU MUST NOTIFY THE ORDINANCE OFFICER IN ADVANCE.