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Burn Permits

You must obtain a permit for the day you intend to burn.

Spring Burn season is March 1 through May 30th and Fall Burn season is September 15 through November 15.

(Unless a change is ordered by the County Fire Marshal)

Burning season may close at any time due to air quality or certain weather conditions.  Your local weather conditions may not allow for safe burning even if permitted by the county.  Please use common sense. 

Requirements for Burning. 

  • Burn piles can only be ignited during the daylight hours.
  • All fires MUST be extinguished and out cold by Dusk. 
  • Burning is restricted to weeds, leaves, and small tree or bush branches.  No trash or building materials can be burned.
  • All material to be burned must be stacked into small piles.  No field burns allowed.
  • Ground must be scraped to mineral soil 5 feet around pile.
  • Wind speed must be less than 15 mph.  If wind exceeds 15 mph fires must be extinguished immediately.
  • A charged water line or fire extinguisher must be available at the actual location of the burn site.
  • The fire or burn site cannot be left unattended.  
  • You will be cited if a burn pile is left unattended and is not out cold. 
  • The resident requesting the fire permit is responsible for any fire suppression costs or damage caused by your burn.

Clearing index for New Harmony - We are Airshed 3.  The Clearing index must be 500 or greater for burn permits to be issued.