Living in the rural areas of Harrodsburg and Mercer County, Kentucky, it is not unusual to see someone burning a fire at any given time. Many people burn garbage because there is no garbage collection in their area. Many people burn wood from piles they have cleaned out on farms or small rural neighborhoods.
These fires can easily get out of hand, so before you even think about starting a fire, contact your local fire department and inform them you will be conducting a controlled burn. Make sure you burn on a day with no wind and keep a water hose close by in order to keep the fire from getting out of control.
Fires burning in the backyard are something you would not see in the middle of a huge city.