A Tonto Basin man had to put out his own brush fire under the watchful eye of a fire chief on Sunday after he failed to get the proper permits.
Tonto Basin Fire Chief Steve Holt said residents can burn trash in their yard, so long as they get a free permit.
Holt said he was gassing up his vehicle Sunday when he spotted a large plume of smoke in the Punkin Center area.
Upon further investigation, Holt found a man, off Walnut Springs Road, setting a large pile of clippings on fire.
The man claimed he didn’t know that he needed a permit to burn.
Holt said one is required in every fire district.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality requires anyone setting outdoor fires to obtain a permit from ADEQ or a permitting authority, which in most cases is the local fire department.
Two types of open burn permits are issued, for normal and dangerous materials.
Normal open burn permits are given out for weed abatement or prevention of a fire hazard.
With a permit, homeowners can burn from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the wintertime, Holt said.
Only the ADEQ can issue dangerous materials open burn permits.
Residents can use fires to dispose of dangerous materials only when they have no other good method of disposal and when the burning of the materials does not result in the emission of hazardous or toxic fumes.