The Maui News - The state Department of Health Clean Air Branch recently announced a statewide ban on burning of yard and household trash. The ban previously only applied to O'ahu, where it has been outlawed since 1973. Environmental health specialist Lisa Young cited the increasingly urban nature of neighbor islands, where backyard burning can create a bigger nuisance and significant fire hazard.
The state Department of Health said that wood smoke can be particularly harmful to children under 18, older adults and people with diabetes, heart disease, asthma or other lung diseases.
"With the greater availability of alternative means of waste disposal, such as improved trash services, recycling and composting on all islands, backyard burning is no longer a necessity," said DOH in a written statement.
Violators of the ban face up to $10,000 per violation, per day. The ban exempts agricultural burning.