Lower Macungie Township has officially adopted ordinance number: § 10-406 Open Burning, Recreational Fire and Portable Outdoor Fireplace Restrictions. [Ord. 2012-10, 11/15/2012, § 6]

Outside or Open burning within Lower Macungie is only allowed under certain conditions and restrict ions without a permit if the fire is contained within an approved container and meets the criteria listed below for recreational and cooking purposes.

Residential open cooking fires for grilling and/or barbequing food are allowed within approved containers or enclosures. (See below the definition of an approved container). Fuels for open cooking and recreational fires shall be limited to natural gas, propane, charcoal, or seasoned natural wood.

What is an approved container? A non-combustible container or enclosure engineered or designed for outdoor use such as a chiminea, outdoor fireplace, fire-pit or similar type container that can be purchased at local retailers.   Any openings in the container must be covered with a wire mesh or other screening material that will prevent the passage of sparks and embers. Fire i n these type containers ma y also be subject to approval by the Enforcement Officer.

  • Fires within approved containers are allowed without permits if they are at least fifteen feet (15′) from a structure.
  • Where the fire is contained in other than an approved container, the minimum required distance from structures shall be not less than twenty-five (25 ‘) where the pile size is three (3’) feet or less in diameter and two (2 ‘) feet or less in height.

The open fire must be attended at all times by a person over the age of eighteen ( l 8).

  • It shall be unlawful for any person to burn, ignite or feed any open fire that is

maintained or kindled in container enclosures such as barrels, incinerators, and/or devices commonly known as burn barrels.

It is also unlawful for any person to burn, ignite or feed any open fire between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Other open burning that is not contained or conducted as noted above shall require an open burning permit or may be prohibited by the township ordinance.

Residents may access the entire ordinance for additional information regarding the requirements and enforcement of this ordinance by going to the township website and clicking on codes.