After-Storm Information, 3/10/23

Debris collection reminders, burning permit temporary changes

Debris collection reminders for residents in pickup zones

City of Norman residents are kindly reminded that debris removal operations are intended only for debris generated directly from the tornado that affected Norman on February 26, 2023. Pickup is currently occurring in designated zones. As residents begin to recover, there will be different needs that will result in volumes of demolition required to rebuild. The City’s debris management program has been coordinated to assist in initial relief efforts in order to allow residents the opportunity to begin recovery. As contractors hired by Norman residents begin work on private properties to demolish items for repair, the materials generated from these activities will not be considered eligible for debris removal. Residents are also reminded that this operation is not part of the citywide Spring Residential Cleanup, which is slated to begin in April. Items meeting the criteria for spring cleanup that are not directly relatable to storm debris will not be eligible for pickup as a part of the current storm debris removal process. Questions about storm debris operations may be directed to 405.329.2524.

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Burn permit requirements altered, effective immediately

Due to special circumstances as a result of damage incurred by the 2/26/23 tornado, Norman Fire Department officials have altered burn permit requirements to allow people in rural areas more opportunities to get rid of vegetative debris. Please see temporary changes, effective immediately and until further notice:

  • The wind speed can be no higher than 12 mph
  • Humidity has to be 35% or higher
  • All fires need to be observed at all times and with 10 p.m. as the time for fires to be extinguished.

For permits, call 405.307.7200 on weekdays or 405.321.1444 on weekends.