Residential landscape debris burning of dead vegetation is allowed during certain times of the year and in certain parts of the state. However, always check with your local fire station or DNR Forestry office before burning. Burn permits are required whenever there is less than 3 inches of snow cover. During dry periods, DNR will suspend burning all together.
Obtain a burning permit from a DNR forestry office, any fire warden, or purchase online. After obtaining necessary permits, ensure that burning is not restricted by your municipality. Burning without a permit is a misdemeanor offense and has a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail, $1,000 fine, or both.
Dry leaves, plant clippings, brush, and clean untreated-unpainted wood can be burned as long as weather conditions do not pose a fire hazard. No household trash, garbage, or treated lumber can be burned outdoors at residences. Seek out alternatives for debris burning such as taking your debris to a yard waste facility, or by recycling or composting it.
Contact your county solid waste office to learn about local alternatives to backyard burning of residential trash. Find local services