to Help You Avoid Violating
Dingman Township Fire Protection Ordinance and Related
In 1999 Dingman
Township enacted Ordinance 5-99, “An Ordinance Regulating
Outdoor Burning” commonly referred to as the “Burning Ban
Ordinance”. The Ordinance allows the Board of Supervisors to
ban all outdoor burning during times of drought or seasonal
dryness. During this time, no outdoor burning is permitted.
In 2003 Dingman
Township enacted Ordinance #01-2003, “The Fire Protection
Ordinance of Dingman Township”. In addition to establishing
fire safety requirements for new developments and commercial
businesses, the Ordinance specifies when, and under what
conditions, a person may burn on their property. This
Ordinance governs all types of fires including: campfires,
cooking fires, garbage burning, brush burning, and stump
In 2013 Dingman
Township enacted Ordinance 02-2013 which, among other
things, prohibits the burning of garbage.
Ban: An area-wide prohibition on outdoor
burning imposed by a government body (local, state or
federal). Absolutely no fires are permitted during the
period in which a burning ban is in effect. This
includes campfires. Violators are subject to fines and
penalties that may exceed $1500.00 per incident.
Article IV Section 4.03 of the Fire Protection
Ordinance defines a camp fire as an open outdoor fire
contained in a fire ring of rocks or other similar
barrier, having a diameter of four feet or less, and
ignited for the purpose of cooking or aesthetic
purposes. Campfires do not include fires ignited
for the purpose of burning trash or debris.
Fire: A fire set or maintained in an outdoor
fireplace, incinerator or other fireproof container.
Fire: Any fire not meeting the definition of a
contained fire or a campfire.
Rules for all Outdoor Fires:
apply to all outdoor fires except those maintained in a gas
or charcoal cooking or heating appliance.
shall be set, maintained, or allowed to smolder during such
times that a BURNING BAN has been placed into effect by the
Dingman Township Supervisors, County of Pike, or the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
No fire shall
be set or maintained in any manner that may endanger a
building or property except when said fire has been set and
maintained by the fire department for training purposes.
shall be set or contained within 25 feet of any building or
combustible material storage container.
for campfires, no fire shall be allowed to burn or smolder
between the hours of 10PM and 6AM.
responsible adult who shall remain within a reasonable
distance must supervise outdoor burning. An adequate supply
of water, fire extinguishers, or other acceptable fire
suppression method or device must be kept in close proximity
to the fire.
addition to the general rules, campfires may only be set by
an adult resident of the property or in designated areas of
government land, public or private campgrounds.
campfires must be contained in a fire ring or circle or
rocks no more than 4 feet in diameter. Ten (10) feet around
the campfire must be raked clear of all leaves, twigs, and
other combustible debris.
Water or fire
extinguishers, of an adequate amount to extinguish the fire,
must be kept in close proximately to the campfire.
Campfires must be supervised at all times and must be
extinguished prior to the person maintaining the fire going
to sleep or leaving the area.
campfires may be ignited, maintained, or allowed to smolder
during a declared burning ban.
be extinguished prior to the person maintaining it going to
bed or leaving the area.
fires are those set and maintained in an outdoor
fireplace, incinerator, or other fireproof container.
fires shall be used only to burn readily combustible
material not otherwise prohibited by any other
applicable State or local regulations. Garbage
burning is prohibited.
fires are all outdoor fires other than contained fires
setting an uncontained fire, the property owner shall
call the Pike County Communications Center
(570-296-7700) and notify the operator of the location,
duration, and person responsible for the fire.
fire shall be maintained unless constantly
attended by at least one responsible adult. The
responsible adult must be in close proximity of the fire
and not inside a house or other building.
No fire shall
be permitted to allow hot embers or ashes to leave the
boundaries of the property in which it was set.
fire may be set during adverse weather conditions.
In particular, burning on windy days must be avoided.
fires must immediately be extinguished if so ordered by
the the fire department or township enforcement
burning is strictly prohibited.
This brochure is intended to be a guide to assist the
reader in burning lawfully in Dingman Township. Should
there be conflicts between this brochure and the
Township Ordinance referred to herein, the Ordinance
shall prevail. Ordinances may be revised from time to
time. This Guide is based solely on the Dingman Township
Ordinances referred to herein. Other Federal, State,
and/or local laws may also be applicable and may
contradict to the information presented here.