Fire Burning Permits
Spring and fall are times for many people to clean out gardens, rake leaves, prune trees and trim bushes. Although the Village of McFarland collects leaves and brush (see Brush Chipping & Yard Waste Collection for details), some residents may want to burn certain types of yard and garden waste. Open burning is not permitted in the Village of McFarland without a burning permit.
A burning permit is required in order for residents to burn the following materials.
The permit holder must understand and acknowledge the following:
- Building material, rubbish, leaves, and grass may not be burned.
- A responsible adult must attend the fire at all times.
- The adult must have a hose or other means of water supply available at the fire site.
- The permit holder is responsible for any damage if the fire becomes out of control.
- This permit may be voided by the Fire Chief or his designee at any time.
- Burning should not cause smoke to become a nuisance.
- The permit holder is responsible to check conditions on the day of burning on the DNR website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.html or calling the DNR Burn Hotline at 888-947-2876. Burning is NOT ALLOWED when the risk is high, very high or extreme. This website is updated daily at 11.am.
- Burning may only take place between sunrise and sunset, only on the 2nd and 4th weekends (Saturday and Sunday) of each month.
Where can you obtain a Burning Permit?
- Burning permits may be obtained, free of charge, from the Village of McFarland Administrative Office at the McFarland Municipal Center at 5915 Milwaukee St., on Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
- Interested parties may also contact the Fire Department at (608)838-3278 for additional information.
- Please do NOT use accelerants such as gasoline to start or escalate burning, this is very dangerous and can severely injure someone and change a person's life forever
- Permitted fires must be attended to prevent the fire from spreading to undesired areas. Attending a fire means a physical presence with a means to extinguish the fire, such as a garden hose.
- Care should be taken regarding the direction of smoke travel so as to not create a nuisance for neighbors.
- In the event of unsafe burning conditions (high winds, dry conditions, or any other hazards), burning will be suspended.