Ban on lumber burning in Kalamazoo

An ordinance prohibiting the open burning of building materials and lumber was adopted by the Kalamazoo Township Board in Kalamazoo, Mich, on Aug. 23, according to an article in the Kalamazoo Gazette

The town’s fire marshal told the township board that the ban was necessary because treated lumber, including items like stained cabinets, can often give off toxic fumes.

The fire marshal also said a number of neighboring municipalities are adding building materials to their list of prohibited items that can be openly burned, like brush, tree branches, leaves and other yard debris.