Fire marshal smothers backyard fire permit idea 

The Fire Department has doused a plan to regulate backyard fire pits after hearing opposition from the public and the civilian commission that would need to approve the change.

The City’s fire marshal pitched the new idea last week in a draft document that outlined several new regulations to the fire code. It would’ve required residents to get a $330 permit to have fires in portable fire pits and would’ve put restrictions on burning within 15 feet of neighboring buildings.

But the Fire Department was unable to provide any proof that the backyard fire pits have actually caused fires any more than, say, a barbeque.

So, for now, the permit will be put on the figurative back burner. Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said the department has taken the language out of the fire code proposal and it could revisit the topic again in three years when the fire code comes up again for approval.

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