At the March 22 Mesquite City Council Meeting, Mesquite Fire Rescue (MFR) Chief Kash Christopher reminded the council and public on the strict regulations regarding burning within the city limits.

Most items are prohibited to be burned, including household trash, garbage, construction debris, asphalt, paper, plastic, rubber, oils and any other material that will produce noxious fumes. That leaves just grass and tree trimmings that would be permitted, if there is a burn permit filed with the city. However, if the applicant has any kind of refuge service to their home, they are to put those materials into their trash can and not burn them on their property.

When an applicant files for a burn permit, the proposed site will be inspected by MFR. All permitted burns must be supervised until fully extinguished by someone who is over the age of 18 years. Accelerants such as gasoline, kerosene or other non-approved fuels are prohibited.

Sites must have a ready water line on standby. Wind speeds in the area must be 10 miles per hour or less and between the hours of 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. when temperatures are above 70 degrees. The size of the burn pile must not exceed an area of 10 feet by 10 feet and 6 feet high.

Chief Christopher stated that these regulations, while more stringent than those of Clark County’s, are subject to change and will be provided to applicants as they receive their permits.