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Indiana’s open burning rule, 326 IAC 4-1, allows burning for the purpose of fire training by municipal and volunteer fire departments and other entities, such as businesses. In some cases, prior approval or notification is required before conducting the fire training. The following provides a list of exempt fire training, fire training that requires prior notification to IDEM, and fire training that requires prior approval by IDEM before conducting the fire training. Also included are requirements that may apply to the specific fire training.

Exempt fire training

The burning of clean petroleum products, natural gas, methane, or propane for fire extinguisher training is exempt under 326 IAC 4-1 and does not require prior approval or notification as long as the following conditions are met:

  • The local fire department and health department must be notified at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the date, time, and location of the burning.
  • Except as provided below, daily fuel volume amounts burned are limited to one (1) of the following:
    • Fourteen (14) gallons of clean petroleum products.
    • Two hundred twelve (212) gallons of propane.
    • Twenty-nine thousand seven hundred (29,700) cubic feet of natural gas or methane.
  • A combination of the fuels listed above may be burned each day. The amount of each fuel that can be burned each day shall be determined as follows:
    • The volume of each fuel to be burned each day shall be calculated as a percentage of the maximum volume allowed above for that fuel.
    • The sum of the percentages for each fuel burned each day shall not exceed one hundred percent (100%).
  • All burning of clean petroleum products shall take place in a noncombustible container or enclosure that has enclosed sides and a bottom.
  • All burning shall be conducted in such a manner so as to prevent any possibility of soil contamination or uncontrolled spread of the fire.
  • Only one (1) fire may be allowed to burn at a time.
  • Fires must be attended at all times and until completely extinguished.
  • If at any time a fire creates a pollution problem; threat to public health; nuisance; or fire hazard; it shall be extinguished.
  • No burning shall be conducted during unfavorable meteorological conditions such as any of the following: high winds, temperature inversions, air stagnation, or when a pollution alert or ozone action day has been declared.
  • All burning shall comply with other federal, state, and local laws, rules, and ordinances.
  • Adequate firefighting equipment shall be on-site for extinguishing purposes during burning times.
  • Burning shall be conducted during daylight hours only, and all fires shall be extinguished before sunset.

Notifications

Municipal fire departments are allowed to burn two single family, non-demolished structures per calendar year for fire training without prior approval subject to the following conditions:

  • Written notification (available on the IDEM Forms page) is submitted to IDEM, OAQ at least 30 days prior to the burning.
  • Written notification must be provided to each interested party or person owning or renting property within 500 feet of the structure or publish a public notice in the local newspaper at least 15 days prior to the burn.
  • The fire department must notify the county health department and county sheriff's department at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the burning and include the date, time, and location of the burning.
  • All asbestos-containing materials, asphalt roofing including backer paper, and vinyl siding including Styrofoam backer insulation must be removed before the intentional burning of any structure. These materials may not be burned and must be handled or disposed of in accordance with the applicable rules of the solid waste management board at 329 IAC 10 and 329 IAC 11.
  • Mercury containing equipment and fluorescent bulbs must be removed from the house and properly recycled or disposed of in accordance with the applicable rules of the solid waste management board at 329 IAC 10.
  • No burning shall take place within one hundred (100) feet of a structure or power line or three hundred (300) feet of a frequently traveled road, fuel storage area, or pipeline.
  • All burning must comply with other federal, state, or local laws, regulations, or ordinances, including 40 CFR 61, Subpart M* (National Emissions Standards for Asbestos).
  • Fires must be attended at all times and until completely extinguished.
  • If at any time a fire creates a pollution problem; threat to public health; nuisance; or fire hazard; it shall be extinguished.
  • No burning shall be conducted during unfavorable meteorological conditions such as any of the following: high winds, temperature inversions, air stagnation, or when a pollution alert or ozone action day has been declared.
  • All burning shall comply with other federal, state, and local laws, rules, and ordinances.
  • Adequate firefighting equipment shall be on-site for extinguishing purposes during burning times.
  • Burning shall be conducted during daylight hours only, and all fires shall be extinguished before sunset.

Approvals

Several types of fire training require approval before the training can be conducted. These include:

  • Volunteer fire departments or businesses that would like to conduct fire training that is not exempt must submit an application and receive prior approval before conducting the fire training.
  • Municipal fire departments that would like to conduct more than two burns need to submit an application with adequate justification for the need for additional burns and receive approval prior to conducting the fire training.
  • Non-exempt fire training that will be conducted at a fire training facility. An approval to conduct the training for multiple years may be granted as long as an acceptable burn plan is included with the application.

All approvals will include conditions for burning consistent with Indiana laws and rules.

Additional Information

Fire Training Forms

  • Fire Training Notification Form - State Form 54801 (available on the IDEM Forms page)
  • Fire Training (Request for Variance from 326 IAC 4-1) - State Form 49634 (available on the IDEM Forms page):
    • This form needs to be filled out by any person, contractor, or fire contractor, or fire department that plans on conducting any fire training.
  • Identification of Potentially Affected Persons Form - State Form 49635 (available on the IDEM Forms page):
    • This form can be printed and or submitted electronically to the Office of Air Quality, Air Compliance Branch. This form needs to be included with Request for Fire Training, Request for Use of an Air Curtain Open Pit Destructor, and a Request for Tree Waste or Clean Wood Waste Variance.
  • Motor Vehicle Fire Training (Request for Approval under 326 IAC 4-1) - State Form 50337 (available on the IDEM Forms page):
    • This is an application for open burning approval for fire training using motor vehicles to comply with 326 IAC 4-1.
  • Open Burning Variance Criteria and Letter Concerning Potentially Affected Persons [DOC]
    • This document provides information on open burning variances along with a letter concerning potentially affected persons from the Office of Air Quality's Commissioner. The letter concerning potentially affected persons outlines who should receive information regarding a proposed burn site.