Burning Info

You must obtain a burning permit before you burn.

To obtain a permit to burn:

Speak to 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.

Residents of the City of Glencoe must obtain a Recreational Fire Permit from the
City of Glencoe every calendar year to conduct an outdoor fire in a UL approved or masonary
constructed outdoor fireplace and equipped with a spark arrester on their property.
Please contact the City of Glencoe to purchase the permit at 320-864-5586.

Before Burning:

Contact 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 911.

Burning Ban:

You will be told if the County is under a burning ban.  You must not burn when the County is under a burning ban.  It is a crime punishable by law.  (Statute #88.171 (9) states – Burning during a burning ban is a misdemeanor crime)

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:

Including but not limited to…

Green Treated Lumber Composite Shingles
Tires Rubber
Plastics Tar Paper
Sheet rock Chemically Treated Materials
Composition Board Insulation
Railroad Ties Wiring
Paint Paint Filters

Tips to help you burn safely:

  • You must have a burn permit.  (Statute #88.16(1) – Failure to obtain a permit before burning is a misdemeanor)
  • You must have your burn permit on your person while burning.  (Statute #88.17 – Failure to do so is a misdemeanor)
  • Do not burn on a windy day.
  • Even though a burning ban is not in effect and the ground appears dry, it is best not to burn.
  • Do not burn illegal materials.  (Statute #88.171 – Burning of prohibited materials is a misdemeanor and Statute #7005.7025 – Burning of tires is a misdemeanor)

Compliments of:

McLeod County Sheriff’s Office Scott Rehmann
McLeod County Fire Chief’s Association
McLeod County Board of Commissioners
McLeod County Association of Townships


For information regarding burning permits and burning bans please visit the following web sites.