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1. Permit activation requests may be submitted online or by contacting the Cottonwood Public Safety Communications Center at (928) 649-1397.
2. This burn permit is only valid for the address listed on the permit. This burn permit expires on December 31st of the current year.
3. Burning is not permitted if current weather observations or forecasted weather conditions are: winds ≥ 10 mph, relative humidity ≤ 9%, wind gusts ≥ 20 mph, any high wind advisories present within 50 miles of the service area or air quality index > 70 ppb. Burn day determination is evaluated day by day.
4. Burning is restricted to the hours of 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. The burn season and burn hours are subject to change based on weather conditions and/or regional restrictions.
5. Fires shall be attended at all times by a responsible adult, 18 years or older. The person attending the fire shall have the necessary equipment (water supply, water hose, shovel, sand, etc.) to control the burning and to extinguish the fire. A telephone capable of dialing 9-1-1 shall be available at the location of the burn.
6. Piled, Pit or Burn Containers: Material to be burned shall be dry, readily combustible organic yard waste, piled, collected in a pit, or placed in an approved waste burner. Maximum size shall be no larger than 4 feet across and 4 feet high. Approved waste burners shall be constructed of fire resistant materials with a cover or a screen which is closed when in use; vented at the top sides and near the bottom to allow for free burning of materials. (A 55 Gallon drum with the specified modifications is acceptable.) Approved means of extinguishment must be readily available.
7. Burning of the following is not permitted: Garbage, all plastic materials, .i.e., bottles for household hazardous waste, grocery and retail bags, asphalt shingles, tar paper, rubber products, waste petroleum products, hazardous material containers, including those that contained inorganic pesticides, lead cadmium, mercury, or arsenic compounds, poison oak, sumac or ivy, oleander, asbestos, polyester, thermal insulation, tires, electrical wire insulation, batteries, aerosol spray cans, flammable liquids, antifreeze, explosives or ammunition, hazardous waste products, i.e., paints, pesticides, cleaners, stains and varnishes. Aerial luminaries, sky lanterns, or other flammable appliances that float in the air are expressly prohibited.
8. Variance permits, commercial/construction burn permits, or ceremonial/special event burn permits must be obtained directly from the fire department or fire district administrative offices. This includes “ignited in place” burning (field burning, use of propane weed burners).
9. The Authority Having Jurisdiction may order the extinguishment of burn piles at any time.

This burn permit authorizes the permit holder to burn in accordance with ARS§ 49-501 and the “Arizona Guidelines for Open burning” as presented by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). The Authority Having Jurisdiction or ADEQ may revoke or suspend this permit for environmental conditions, failure to allow inspection, failure to make proper notification, or any conditions that would create a hazard to life or property. Persons participating in open burning do so at their own risk and may be held responsible for the costs of suppressing escaped or uncontrolled fires.