Steelton Borough would like to remind its residents and community members about the existing ordinance prohibiting open burning within the borough. The provisions outlined in § 48-1 of the Steelton Borough municipal code clearly state that building fires or burning wastepaper, pasteboard boxes, and other waste material, except for outdoor cooking, are considered a nuisance and strictly prohibited.
Recent weather conditions, characterized by abnormally dry weather and record-low rainfall, have created a heightened risk of wildfires in the region. The combination of dry conditions and the potential for thunderstorms and lightning strikes poses a substantial threat to the safety and well-being of our community.
Additionally, the impact of smoke from extensive wildfires in Canada is being felt across the northeast, including the Harrisburg region. The resulting poor air quality, due to tiny particles in the smoke, poses a danger, especially for individuals with chronic lung or heart conditions.
Steelton Borough urges all residents, businesses, and stakeholders to be aware of and comply with the prohibition on open burning. This includes refraining from building fires or burning any form of waste material on streets, alleys, highways, vacant lands, public places, or private property, except for outdoor cooking purposes.
The borough’s commitment to public safety and environmental preservation requires the cooperation and support of everyone in the community. It is vital that we take necessary measures to prevent wildfires, protect our environment, and maintain good air quality standards.