Burning Permits

McFarland, Wisconsin Fire and Rescue PatchWe are issuing burn permits for the Village of McFarland, but are requesting residents to use the Village's brush and yard waste collection site instead of burning when possible. Burning leaves and grass is not permitted.

Town of Dunn residents please refer to the Town of Dunn Ordinance on burning located at https://www.townofdunnwi.gov/chapter-16-public-nuisance.

Town of Pleasant Springs residents please refer to the Town of Pleasant Springs on burning located at https://pleasantsprings.org/resident-services/town-ordinances.asp.

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 and Yard Waste Collection for details), some residents may want to burn brush waste. Open burning is not permitted in the Village of McFarland without a burning permit.

Burnable Materials

  • Untreated wood (brush)
  • Vegetation for environmental management (field, prairie, etc.)

Restrictions & Acknowledgments

  • Building material, rubbish, leaves, and loose grass or clippings 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 and Rescue 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 Department of Natural Resources Burning Restrictions page or by calling the Department of Natural Resources 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.

Obtaining a Permit

  • Burning permits may be obtained, free of charge, from the Village of McFarland Administrative Office at the McFarland Municipal Center at 5915 Milwaukee Street, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
  • The McFarland Resident Burning Permit Application may be completed online and submitted electronically.
  • Interested parties may also contact the Fire and Rescue Department at 608-838-3278 for additional information.

Safety Reminders

  • 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 and 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.

2021 Burning Schedule

2nd Weekend

  • January 9 and 10
  • February 13 and 14
  • March 13 and 14
  • April 10 and 11
  • May 8 and 9
  • June 12 and 13
  • July 10 and 11
  • August 14 and 15
  • September 11 and 12
  • October 9 and 10
  • November 13 and 14
  • December 11 and 12

4th Weekend

  • January 23 and 24
  • February 27 and 28
  • March 27 and 28
  • April 24 and 25
  • May 22 and 23
  • June 26 and 27
  • July 24 and 25
  • August 28 and 29
  • September 25 and 26
  • October 23 and 24
  • November 27 and 28
  • December 25 and 26