Fire and Emergency Response for the Town is handled by the Little Creek Volunteer Fire Company located in the heart town at 311 Main St. All calls for emergency service should be directed to the Kent County Department of Public Safety by dialing 911.
For non-emergency requests you can contact the Kent County Department of Public Safety through their non-emergency line at 302-734-6040 or the Little Creek Fire Company at 302-674-2149.
Citizens’ Guide to Residential Open Burning:
Open burning restrictions are in effect throughout Delaware from May 1 through September 30 (this five-month timeframe is considered the Ozone Season), and when the State Fire Marshal issues a ban on all outdoor burning. Open burning is also prohibited on Air Quality Action days when the State’s air quality has been forecast by the Regional Air Quality Partnership (AQP) to be unhealthy. Forecasts are provided by calling the AQP information line at 1-800-872-7261. Check the forecast daily and take the proper actions to determine if an action day has been forecasted prohibiting open burning activity. Certain items are strictly prohibited from being burned at any time. These items include, but are not limited to garbage, grass, and leaves.
Allowable Domestic Open Burning Activities Include:
- Cooking fires (limited to 10 cubic feet at one time).
- Campfires, patio fire pits, or chiminea (limited to 27 cubic feet at one time).
- Ceremonial bonfires conducted by established groups such as schools, churches, or other recognized organizations (limited to 27 cubic feet at one time).
- Burning of small amounts of cut or fallen branches, limbs, or shrubbery from your residence (limited to 27 cubic feet at one time). This total represents the size of a fire that can be reasonably extinguished with a garden hose. [NOTE: Such burning is banned during the Ozone Season (May 1-Sept. 30). The rest of the year (Oct.1-April 30), such burning is allowed only between 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.]
When Open Burning Is Criminal:
Violators of open burning restrictions will be targeted by DNREC’s Environmental Protection Officers for flouting the burn law. Penalties range from $100-$500, plus a possible criminal record with conviction. To report illegal burning, citizens can call the 24-hour Open Burning Hotline at 1-800-662-8802.