Burning Ban

NOTE:  You MUST call into the Sheriff's Office before you burn
Before Burning
  • Contact the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office at 888-440-3134 or 320-864-3134. This will need to be done each day that you burn.
  • Failure to call the Sheriff’s Office means that you are not permitted to burn.
  • The Sheriff’s Office will advise you if there are burning restrictions in effect. Local media (TV, newspapers, & radio) will also be notified of all county burning restrictions.
  • The Sheriff’s Office will ask for your name, phone number, the address of the burning location, and the time you plan to start burning.
  • You must monitor the fire at all times and keep it under control.
  • If the fire gets out of control … call 911
  • Check the DNR Statewide fire danger and burning restrictions
After BurningNotify the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office after your burn is completely out. The Sheriff’s Office will ask for your name and the address where you burned so that you can be taken off the burning list.
Do Not
  • Do not call your township to obtain a permit for open burns
  • Do not allow fires to smolder with no flames present
  • Do not burn during a burning ban or burning restrictions
  • Do not burn within 50 feet of the residence of another person without verbal/written permission of that occupant
  • Do not have to call the Sheriff’s Office for recreational fires
Burning Restrictions

You will need to check with the Sheriff’s Office if burning restrictions are issued.  You must not burn when the County is under restrictions. It is a crime punishable by law.

Minnesota Statute #88.171 (9) states – No person shall conduct, cause, or permit open burning during a burning ban put into effect by a local authority, county, or a state department or agency.

Tips To Help You Burn Safely
  • Do not burn on a windy day.
  • You must monitor the fire at all times.
  • Do not burn during a storm.
  • Even though burning restrictions may not be in effect, if the ground appears abnormally dry it is best not to burn.
  • Do not burn prohibited materials. (Minnesota Statute #88.171 (2) – Burning of prohibited materials is a misdemeanor).

Prohibited Materials

Including, but not limited to . . .

  • green treated lumber
  • composite shingles
  • tires
  • rubber
  • plastics
  • tar paper
  • sheetrock
  • chemically treated materials
  • composition board
  • insulation
  • railroad ties
  • wiring
  • paint
  • paint filters
  • oil

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