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Open Burning


Open Burning Information

Phragmites Prescribed Burn - By Bill Jones
Photo by Bill Jones
A prescribed burn for land management to remove invasive phragmites along the Delaware River. Prescribed burns are permitted for open burning from Oct. 1 - April 30, but cannot take place during the state’s open burning ban.
Open burning restrictions are in effect throughout Delaware from May 1-Sept. 30, with Sussex County now included in the statewide ban. This five-month timeframe is considered the Ozone Season.

Open burning is restricted in Delaware for any refuse, including but not limited to old lumber, trash or garbage, grass and tree stumps. The burning of leaves is banned year round. Burning of cut or fallen branches, limbs or shrubbery trim from a residence is allowed throughout the state from October to April, except when the State Fire Marshal issues a ban on all outdoor burning.

Delaware’s Air Quality Management Regulation 1113 defines open burning as:

Any outdoor  fire or outdoor smoke producing process from which the products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air. This does not include incinerators, boilers, or heaters used in process operations.

Five types of  open burning activities are covered by Delaware’s Open Burning Regulation:

For more information please contact Gerald Mood at 302-739-9402 or

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