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St. Joseph County residents can burn leaves this week

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St. Joe County residents can burn their leaves during Burn Amnesty Week St. Joe County residents can burn their leaves during Burn Amnesty Week
St. Joseph County residents still looking to get rid of their fallen leaves will have the opportunity to do so this week. The St. Joseph County Indiana Curbside Leaf Collection Program has declared May 12-19 as Burn Amnesty Week. This is the week the burn ban on leaves is lifted and residents can burn them at their homes.

"I've got about 40 trees in my yard," Granger resident Dale Manczunski said.

Manczunski has waited all winter to burn his leaves, but the recent weather could put a halt to that. "If it becomes a situation like this where it's going to be raining all week, there should be a contingency week put off to the side for residents to be able to do what they're supposed to do in their yard," Manczunski said.

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners tells us they will not extend Burn Amnesty Week unless the weather should take a drastic turn for the worse.

St. Joseph County Council Member Jamie O'Brien of District C prefers residents not burn leaves. "Overall the main goal is to improve the quality of life from a clean air standpoint but also from a safety standpoint. Any fire is dangerous," O'Brien said.


For those residents who will burn leaves, Fire Marshal of Clay Fire Territory, Dave Cherrone says there are a number of things to keep in mind. These included not burning leaves on a windy day, be near the fire while it is burning, have a way to put out the fire, don't use combustible or flammable liquids and the fire must be out by dusk. Also, residents do not need a permit to burn leaves but one is required to burn yard waste such as twigs and branches.

Cherrone wants residents to understand only leaves can be burned this week. "You burn no trash, no finished lumber. It's not just a let's burn everything week. It's just leaves," Cherrone said.

He also recommends that people not burn wet leaves if the week should be a wet one. He says trying to burn wet leaves could be problematic. "We don't want you using anything to light those leaves with. Wet leaves don't burn. They just stink and smolder and they cause more of a health issue."

For those interested in the county leaf pick up service, GreenWorld crews will be making their final pickups for the spring. Residents must call the Leaf Hotline Care Center at 877-472-2735 or register online at www.SJCLP.com to schedule the pick up.



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