Burning Ban

NOTE: You MUST obtain a burning permit before you burn

Contact your Township Board representative.  This individual has the ability to issue you a permit. If you live within the city limits of a municipality, contact your City Hall for burning restrictions.
Before BurningContact the McLeod County Sheriff's Office prior to burning at 1-888-440-3134 or 320-864-3134. When you call, the Sheriff's Office will advise you if there is a McLeod County burning ban in effect.  The local media (TV, newspapers, and radio) will also be notified of all County burning bans. The Sheriff's Office will ask for your name, your 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 9-1-1.
Burning Ban You will be told if McLeod County is currently under a burning ban.  You must not burn when the County is under a burning ban.  It is a crime punishable by law (Minnesota Statute 88.171, subdivision 9). Please notify the McLeod County Sheriff's Office after the controlled burn is completely out.  The Sheriff's Office will ask for your name and the address where you burned.
Illegal Materials to Burn This list provides examples and is not all-inclusive: 
Tires Rubber
Plastics Tar Paper
Sheet Rock Chemically Treated Materials
Composition Board Insulation
Railroad Ties Wiring
Paint Paint Filters
Oil Green-Treated Lumber
Composite Shingles All Other Items Prohibited by Law

Tips to Help You Burn Safely

  • You are required to have a burn permit; failure to follow is a misdemeanor  (Minnesota Statute 88.16, subdivision 1
  • You are required to have your burn permit on your person while burning; failure to follow is a misdemeanor (Minnesota Statute 88.17)
  • Do not burn on a windy day
  • Even when a burning ban is not in effect, if the ground appears dry, it is best not to burn
  • You may not burn illegal materials; failure to follow is a misdemeanor (Minnesota Statutes 88.171)

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