Can You Burn in Your Local Area?
Burning conditions, laws, and regulations can be different in every area, especially across state lines. It’s important to understand these local components before setting up an incinerator to ensure the safest burning experience possible.
Here are the top five things you should research before burning in your local area.
1) Research Permit Requirements
Does your area require a Burn Permit? Check your state’s DNR website to find out more information on this process. For Wisconsin, free permits can be easily obtained online and must be renewed each year. This is important to review before burning as laws can vary between counties and states.
2) Check the Weather
Always remember to look at local weather forecasts before burning. Be sure to look for predictions of storms, high winds, or other natural forces that could create an unsafe burning environment. Safety should always be at the forefront of your mind when burning!
3) Know the Conditions
Air quality and current forest fires burning around your area may have an impact on your ability to burn. Reference AirNow to see the air quality and determine if it’s safe to burn. You may also look at the Current Fire Conditions to see fires burning across the United States. If the conditions aren’t good, consider saving your incineration for another day. Fire conditions can change quickly, so it’s important to reference resources each day you’re planning to burn.
4) Understand What’s Legal
Each area may have separate lists of legal items to burn. These lists can usually be found on state’s DNR websites, such as the Wisconsin one located here. Understand the do’s and don’ts of your county before filling up your incinerator and be sure it meets the legal regulations.
5) Have an Emergency Plan
Accidents can happen but knowing your local fire stations and emergency hotlines can save a lot of time in a dire situation. Research and save the numbers for emergency personnel and have materials ready to put out your incinerator just in case something goes wrong.