Fire Commissioners Approve Ban on All Outdoor Fires on Township Land

The Board of Fire Commissioners yesterday evening approved a ban on all outdoor fires on publicly-owned Township land, Fire Commissioner Larry Loigman tells TLS.

During the Board of Commissioners meeting  yesterday evening, a number of residents presented their concerns about the hazards posed by Tent City. The residents said the unauthorized fires have caused fatalities and injuries, exposed firefighters to unnecessary risks, and created serious air pollution issues threatening surrounding neighborhoods.

After considerable discussion, Fire Commissioner Loigman offered a resolution to prohibit all fires in all publicly-owned lands in the Township, except where a permit has been issued by the Ocean County Fire Marshal. This prohibition would include fires used for cooking and heating as well.

“The Fire District has the authority to enact any appropriate fire safety measures and, since the Township does not have an existing ordinance as to outdoor fires, this resolution was in order,” Loigman said.

The resolution was approved by unanimous vote. The ordinance can be enforced by the Fire Marshal’s Office, the Police Department, or any other appropriate agency.

Th departments may extinguish the fire, and issue summonses for failure to comply. TLS.

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  1. What is the status with a fire inside a tent with a small makeshift pipe that brings the smoke right out! Is that considered outside fires, or are they going to say that’s ok? If that will be ok then this rule will be useless in regards to tent city!

  2. how does this affect burnung your chometz on your own private property?

    and lets see how the township will enforce this in tent city as we wouldnt want a double standard here would we???

  3. since tent city is approved by a judge, and its legal to have a tent, therefor it effectively removes the land from twp property and therefor legal

    take that haters!

  4. No more barbeques in the park. All laws end up affecting law-abiding citizens in unintended ways, while the law-breaking ones will continue to break the laws, even the new ones.

  5. Tent city is grandfathered from this new law. First person to die there due to cold next of kin will sue the pants off of the town and the fire dept.

  6. Warming fires and fires in a controlled pit were OK’d by the Judge. This resolution will be a moot point if the Judge decides it is in opposition to his court order, he will declare it in violation of his order and it will be cancelled. The Township will not enforce the resolution from the Board, they have to issue an ordinance in order for the PD to do anything. The resolution is for PUBLIC land, but you can get a permit to burn from the Fire Marshal.

  7. The entire issue of Tent City needs to be resolved. The judge needs to reach an opinion.

    A reasonable ruling would allow the Township to proceed with identifying the residents, and allowing Social Services to intervene.

    An unreasonable ruling would allow the Township to appeal to the NJ Supreme Court.

    No ruling, will maintain the statuesque, where everyone is in jeopardy.

    The Township needs to pressure the judge to make a ruling. They need the backing and support of the Freeholders and the state,

  8. seems you can do what ever you want on your own private property that being the case why is it required to get a permit for lag beomer if its held on private property not township owned land?

  9. I drove by Tent City this morning on my way to work and there were fires burning everywhere. The air quality was atrocious and I was forced to breathe it in, while I was stopped for the light. I await the response of the fire department and the law enforcers. Better get moving.

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