Open Burning Guidelines

Outdoor Burning Guidelines - (Township Residents Only) - General Rules & Directions

  • Outdoor burning can be restricted at any time by the fire department.
  • Only logs, tree limbs, clean lumber, and brush may be burned.
  • Burning of leaves, grass clippings, or any other materials is prohibited.
  • Citations are issued for the burning of petroleum products, which may result in a fine or jail time.
  • No petroleum-based products may be used to start the fire.
  • Burning must be on your own property or with the written consent of the property owner where the burning is
  • A responsible person of 18 years or older must be present.
  • Wind speed must be less than 10 miles an hour for outdoor burning.
  • This does not include charcoal fires for cooking in UL-approved barbeques.
  • The responsible party is to assure the fire does not endanger structures, vehicles, ground cover, or valuables. You are liable for all damage to property, which may occur as a result of the burning being done. 

Open Burning Directions

Contact the fire department for the approved period for burning. You may only burn during daylight hours. Fires cannot be left unattended or smoldering after dark.

  • Fires must be kept to a size that can be controlled by using a standard garden hose connected to a water supply or a fire extinguishing agent that is readily available.
  • Fires shall not be located less than 50 feet from any structures.

Open Camp Fire Directions

Available throughout the year.

  • The size of the fire may not exceed 3 feet wide by 3 feet long by 2 feet high.
  • Fires must be extinguished by 1 am. They may not be left to smolder overnight.
  • A standard garden hose connected to a water supply must be present or a fire extinguishing agent must be readily available.
  • Fires shall not be located within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material.