What is “open burning”?

Open burning is defined as, the burning of unwanted materials such as paper, trees, brush, leaves, grass, and other debris where smoke and other emissions are released directly into the air. During open burning, air pollutants do not pass through a chimney or stack. Although defined as such, under no circumstances is any debris besides wood permitted.

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1. What is “open burning”?
2. What can I open burn?
3. What can I use to hold an open burn?
4. Where can I put my fire pit?
5. How big of a fire can I have?
6. Do I need a fire extinguisher on hand?
7. What if there is a lot of smoke?
8. Do I have to be around the fire when it is going?