CALL 800.323.BURN or visit “” before you burn to check for burning restrictions.

If there are no burning restrictions, here are the rules to follow before lighting a SMALL burn pile:

◗ Burn only natural vegetation derived from un-improved property
◗ Burn no more than one pile at any time and each pile must be completely extinguished before lighting another.
◗ Create a fire break around the pile by constructing a barrier to bare mineral soil with no flammable material.
◗ The fire must be at least 50 feet from combustible objects (buildings, fences, etc.).
◗ Keep a shovel and connected water hose or at least 5 gallons of water nearby.
◗ A person capable of extinguishing the fire must be in attendance at all times while burning.
◗ Burn only in calm or light winds. Don’t burn when the wind is swaying trees, extending flags or causing rough waves on the water.

Visit the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to learn more. Read about the Rules for Burning Without a Permit on DNR’s site.