Outdoor Burning Guidelines

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Due to the “stay home, stay safe” executive order, most burn permits are suspended across the state. Burning yard debris is the top cause of wildfires in Michigan. Suspending burn permits reduces the potential for wildfires, which will limit the risk of exposing first responders to coronavirus and make sure trained personnel and equipment are available to assist with COVID-19 response as needed. However, burning still may be allowed in snow-covered areas of the state, reflected on the map.

Campfires are still allowed, but individuals must strictly follow the guidelines.

Outdoor Burning Guidelines
(Township Residents Only)
General Rules and 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.
  • 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. 

CLOSED  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 which 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 ft from any structures.

OPEN Camp Fire Directions (available throughout the year)

The size of the fire may not exceed 3ft wide x 3ft long x 2ft high.

Fires must be extinguished by 1:00 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 ft of a structure or combustible material.

Rev 5/2015