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An outdoor fire permit is required for all outdoor fires authorized under this chapter. The Fire Chief shall have the authority to issue such permits. Except for religious fires the Fire Chief shall have the authority to establish and assess a fee for any necessary investigation, inspection and processing of each permit. The fee shall not exceed the actual cost of the investigation, inspection and processing.

A. Upon receipt of a request for a permit and the required fee, the Fire Chief shall undertake whatever investigation deemed necessary. Based on this investigation, the Fire Chief shall approve the permit only when it is determined the fire does not constitute a hazard and that steps have been taken to assure reasonable public safety. In addition, the Fire Chief may deny a permit for fires allowed under Section 10.30.020.B if it is determined that the debris proposed for burning has a high moisture content and would burn better after a period of aging.