BURNING IS PROHIBITED UNLESS A PERMIT HAS BEEN ISSUED BY TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT, INC.
Burning permits may be obtained through the online application at the bottom of this page or by calling 715-834-6868 Monday through Friday 4:30 PM until 8:00 PM, or Saturday 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM. We prefer that you use the online application whenever possible.
BURNING HOURS with a burning permit and wind speed of 10 miles per hour or less:
6:00 PM to Midnight – Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to Midnight – Saturday
No burning is allowed on Sundays, holidays or during closed burning periods. An adult must be in attendance of the fire until it is completely out and cold to touch.
Materials that may be burned (open burning or in a barrel) — Dry leaves, brush, clean wood and other vegetative debris are the only items that may be burned. Burning garbage is prohibited. Other prohibited materials include tires, shingles, plastics and treated lumber.
Burning Barrels — Burning is allowed in a burn barrel during the listed burning hours provided the wind speed is below 10 miles per hour, without a burning permit when the burn barrel has vent openings less than ½ inch and the top is covered by a ½ inch or less wire mesh. Burn barrels are not to be use for burning garbage and opening burning rules apply. Annual burn barrel permits are required in Seymour. Note: the Town of Washington no longer requires burn barrels to be inspected and the inspection fee is no longer collected. Anyone burning in a burn barrel in the Town of Washington MUST call or obtain a permit each time they use their barrel.
Open Burning — Burning permits are required for all open burning, year round. All burning shall be conducted only on the property on which the materials were generated. All piles of materials to be burned shall be sized appropriately so that the fire will be completely out by midnight.
Cooking, Recreational & Campfires — A burning permit is not required for cooking, recreational and campfires, provided the wind speed is below 10 miles per hour. These fires must be less than 5’ in diameter, the wood used in a campfire shall be sized appropriately for a small camp fire, and the fire shall be confined by a control device or structure such as a barrel, fire ring or fire pit.
Burning Bans — All forms of outdoor burning are prohibited during a burning ban. Burning on commercial properties is prohibited without special approval from the DNR (air quality management) and the Fire Chief. All outdoor burning is prohibited when the DNR issues an Ozone alert for this area.
Attendance of Fires — Open burning and burning in a barrel shall be constantly attended and supervised by a competent person of at least eighteen (18) years of age until the fire is extinguished and is cold to touch.
Liability — Any person who starts or causes an outdoor fire shall be liable for all fire suppression costs if the fire is in violation of this ordinance or it endangers property not covered by the permit or persons. Fines for violating these regulations shall be a forfeiture of not less than $100 or more than $300 plus court costs.
Closed Burning Periods — Township Fire Department, Inc. may prohibit all burning during prolonged dry periods or when other conditions make burning hazardous. Watch for these announcements.
Attention Landlords — Property owners are responsible for compliance with these rules by their tenants. A copy of the burning regulations in its entirety is available from your town office. Please also review the ordinance for your town as listed below. IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL 911. Obtain a free burning permit to burn approved materials as explained above and in the burn ordinance by completing the self-issued burning permit below.
DNR Permits — Properties within the DNR fire control areas of the Town of Seymour and Town of Washington require a DNR Burning permit and a burning permit from township fire department. Information regarding how to obtain a DNR burning permit can be found at http://dnr.wi.gov/Topic/ForestFire/Permits.html. We also recommend reviewing the DNR website for info about burning restrictions and fire activity at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/forestfire/restrictions.html.
Regulations — Please review the burning ordinances and regulations for your town as linked here:
- See the Town of Union services page
- Town of Union website
A copy of your permit will be emailed to you when your application is successfully submitted.
If the permit application below is unavailable, it means the conditions are not favorable for obtaining burning permits. Please see the notice at the top of this page and then check back again when burning is permitted.