Burning Ban


You MUST obtain a burning permit before you burn.


TO OBTAIN A PERMIT TO BURN
- Speak to your township board representative.  This individual has the ability to issue you a permit.
- If you live within the city limits of a municipality, contact your city hall for burning restrictions.

BEFORE BURNING
- Contact the McLeod County Sheriff's Office prior to burning at 1-888-440-3134 or (320) 864-3134.
- When you call, the Sheriff's Office will advise you if there is a McLeod County burning ban in effect.  The local media (TV, newspapers, and radio) will also be notified of all County burning bans.
- The Sheriff's Office will ask for your name, your phone number, the address of the burning location and the time you plan to start burning.
- You must monitor the fire at all times and keep it under control.
- If the fire gets out of control, call 911.

BURNING BAN
- You will be told if the County is under a burning ban.  You must not burn when the County is under a burning ban.  It is a crime punishable by law.  (Statute #88.171 (9) states - Burning during a burning ban is a misdemeanor crime)

- Please notify the McLeod County Sheriff's Office after the controlled burn is completely out.  The Sheriff's Office will ask for your name and the address where you burned.

ILLEGAL MATERIALS TO BURN
Including but not limited to...

Green Treated Lumber Composite Shingles
Tires Rubber
Plastics Tar Paper
Sheet rock Chemically Treated Materials
Composition Board Insulation
Railroad Ties Wiring
Paint Paint Filters
Oil  


TIPS TO HELP YOU BURN MORE SAFELY

  • You must have a burn permit.  (Statute #88.16(1) - Failure to obtain a permit before burning is a misdemeanor) 
  • You must have your burn permit on your person while burning.  (Statute #88.17 - Failure to do so is a misdemeanor)
  • Do not burn on a windy day.
  • Even though a burning ban is not in effect and the ground appears dry, it is best not to burn.
  • Do not burn illegal materials.  (Statute #88.171 - Burning of prohibited materials is a misdemeanor and Statute #7005.7025 - Burning of tires is a misdemeanor)

COMPLIMENTS OF:

McLeod County Sheriff's Office
Scott Rehmann
McLeod County
Fire Chief's Association

McLeod County
Board of Commissioners

McLeod County
Association of Townships