Authorities warn of new law not allowing burning of leaves in St. Joseph County

Authorities will be on the lookout for St. Joseph County residents breaking the law, by burning leaves this fall.

The practice has been debated by lawmakers for years, along with a curbside leaf pickup. But now that that pickup program is in full effect, residents should remember that it's illegal to burn leaves within 200 feet of populated areas.

That rule applies, no matter what the weather looks like, and the St. Joseph County's leaf pickup program begins Monday.


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