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.

2022 Burning Schedule

2nd Weekend

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

4th Weekend

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