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EFFECTIVE JULY 20TH, 2020 - BURN BAN
Effective July 20th, 2020 an "Open Burn" ban is in effect. No open burning will be permitted until further notice. This does not effect recreational fires in backyard fire pits. For questions call 208.587.2117
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The Mountain Home Fire Department is considered a “Paid on Call” department. The current staffing consists of two full time positions; the Fire Chief and Fire Marshal. The Paid-on-Call staff consists of an Assistant Chief, two Captains, two Lieutenants and 27 Firefighters. The Mountain Home Fire Department provides fire response in both the urban and wildland environments. The partnership with MHRFPD allows us to protect those outside of the city limits. There are currently three city fire stations; one manned during business hours and two that are unmanned. The Elmore County Rescue Station houses a fire engine in order to aid our partnership for county extrication calls. The Mountain Home Fire Department has a total of five pieces of apparatus made up of four Pierce Enforcer engines and a 75’ Pierce Aerial Ladder Truck as well as two Squad units. The rural district provides two structure engines; two water tenders and four brush trucks. Currently the City Fire Department responds to around 175 calls per year and another 90 calls for the rural district. Some of the services provided are fire protection and suppression, responding to hazardous materials calls, gas leaks, car wrecks and assistance with lost individuals.
Mountain Home Fire Department History
The Mountain Home Fire Department was officially formed in 1908 and had its first Constitution and By-Laws written in 1916 at which time there were 20 members that were residences of the “Village of Mountain Home”. The first picture that we have is from 1917 that shows 12 men and an early American LaFrance fire engine. History of the Mtn. Home Fire Department
The Mountain Home Fire Department is very active within the community. The Annual Fourth of July Firework display is one of the largest municipal firework displays in the state. Some of the other community outreach involves the Shop with a Cop program, delivering nearly 400 handwritten letters from Santa back to the children of the community and hosting the annual “Open House” event that has approximately 1,500 people in attendance. Visiting regularly to the public schools, and educating children ranging from pre-school to 4th grade, is another way the Mountain Home Fire Department stays active with the local community. Station Tours and Visits Burn Out Fund
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Burn Permits are required by any individual or group that will be kindling or maintaining an OPEN FIRE or a BONFIRE on any public street, alley, road or other public or private ground.
Open Burning and Bonfires are described as: Open Burning, the burning of materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a sack or chimney from an enclosed chamber. Bonfires: an outdoor fire utilized for ceremonial or pleasure purposes.
Recreational Fires are described as an outdoor fire, burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is contained in an outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill or barbecue pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet (914mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610mm) or less in height and is used for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes. Material Restrictions: Open burning of rubbish containing anything other than paper and wood products is prohibited. You must also read “Open Burning – a Guide to Better Burning” by the Division of Environmental Quality for other restrictions. Attendance: An attendant shall constantly supervise the burning material until the fire has been extinguished. The attendee, shall have a water source and shovel available during burning. Discontinuance: Any fire that smoke emissions are determined to be offensive to occupants of surrounding property or if it is determined to constitute a hazardous condition shall be discontinued immediately.
NEW BURN PERMITS: The process to obtain a burn permit is changing. We will be issuing burn permits that are valid until revoked. This will eliminate having to renew a burn permit every 60 days.
Obtaining a new permit: In order to obtain a new permit, you can pick one up at one of the following locations – LaMode Cleaners, Jim's Lumber, B&C Welding or Roberts Truss, at Fire Station #1 (220 South 2nd East between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday – Friday), and lastly, by downloading the permit through the link below. Please complete the form before submitting the form to the MHFD in person or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. After the MHFD approves and signs the permit, you will have permission to burn.
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Do I need a permit for a fire pit?
A burn permit is not required for recreational fires in fire pits. The pit must not be any larger than 3’ in diameter and can be used for recreation only. If you are burning yard waste in a pit you are required to have a burn permit.
How long are burn permits good for?
If you have a new permit, they do not have an expiration date on them. They are good unless we have to revoke them.
How do I know if there is a Burn Ban in effect?
For Burn Ban information, check current burn restrictions. Or you can call 587.2117 or 587.2100 for information on burn restrictions.
How do I obtain a burn permit?
A burn permit may be obtained by visiting: http://www.mountain-home.us/fire-department and clicking on “Burn Permits” and following the instructions or you may visit Fire Station #1 at 220 S 2nd E.
Who do I call before I burn?
Any individual that is preparing to burn yard waste and debri, must call Elmore County Dispatch at 208-587-2100 before burning. Once you are done burning you must call them back and let them know you are done.