The Wednesday ban applies to all open burning, including:
- recreational fires, bonfires
- fires in portable outdoor fireplaces/firepits
The policy covers all property within the city of East Lansing, and no new outdoor burn permits will be issued for the time being.
“The consequences of a fire growing out of control can be severe for our community, which is why we have issued this burning ban until further notice,” said ELFD Fire Marshal John Newman in a statement.
Violations of the ban are a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $500 or less plus court costs and costs of prosecution, or by imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both a fine and punishment.
Each day that person violates the ban after already being notified by officials will be considered a separate offense.
“We thank our community members in advance for their attention to this matter,” Newman added. “By refraining from having a fire now, community members are keeping their neighbors and other properties safe.”