COUNCIL BLUFFS — The City Council on Monday evening gave final round approval to restrictions on outdoor burning.
The new rules apply to fire pits and similar structures in Council Bluffs.
Burning outdoors will be prohibited if the wind speed exceeds 10 mph. Fires must be constantly attended and supervised by an adult until they are completely extinguished.
Fire containment devices, such as fire pits, will not be permitted within 15 feet of any combustible material or structure or within 10 feet of a neighbor’s lot line. Fire pits or other containment devices must not exceed 3 feet in diameter, and the flames must be kept below 2 feet in height above the pit or other device.
The only change from the original proposal is that people will be able to burn at any time day or night.
In other business, the City Council approved new restrictions on underground electric fences used to restrain dogs.
One of the restrictions, in essence, will force pet owners using such systems to keep their dogs in the backyard, not in the front.
Other restrictions require that the owner be present when the dog is out and able to provide proof to authorities that the system is in working order, that the dog is trained in accordance with the fencing system and that the dog is wearing a functional fence collar.
The property will also have to be clearly marked indicating the existence of the underground electronic fencing system.