Outdoor Burning

Cooking Fires in Grills
Fires in grills fueled by charcoal, wood, or propane gas and used for cooking are allowed at any time and do not require permission.

Grills may be used near multi-family dwellings (three or more dwellings) provided they are:
  • Not located on a balcony
  • Not located under any overhanging portion of the structure
  • At least 10 feet away from the structure

General Regulations for Outdoor Fires
Permission for all outdoor fires is obtained by calling 262-532-8899 on the day you wish to burn and providing your name, address, and a description of the type of material being burned

Outdoor fires and disposal of ash residue is not permitted on or within any street, drainage ditch, alley, parkway, public place or public right of way

Outdoor fires are subject to the size, location, day of week, and time restrictions

Fires may not contain rubbish, garbage, trash, material made of or coated with rubber, plastic, leather or petroleum-based products, or any flammable or combustible liquids

Yard Waste Fires Must
  • Be at least 50 feet away from any structure Occur on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday (excluding legal holidays).
  • Occur between 10 am and 6:30 p.m. (NEW TIMES AS OF 12/01/08)
  • Be in a pile no larger than five feet in diameter and three feet in height, or in a metal container no larger than 55 gallons
  • Be attended by a competent person of legal age with a garden hose connected to a water supply or other fire extinguishing equipment available
  • Be conducted after permission has been obtained by calling 262-532-8899

Campfires Located on the Ground Must
  • Be at least 50 feet away from the structure Occur between 12 noon and 11 p.m.
  • Be contained in a fire ring constructed of brick, stone, or metal, no larger than 36 inches in diameter that extends a minimum of six inches above the ground level
  • Be made of dry wood only and shall not be ignited with a flammable or combustible liquid
  • Be built of a wood that does not exceed 18 inches in height above the ground
  • Be attended by a competent person of legal age with a garden hose connected to a water supply or other fire extinguishing equipment available
  • Be conducted after permission has been obtained by calling 262-532-8899

Fires in Outdoor Fireplaces Must
  • Be at least 20 feet away from any structure and on a non-combustible surface
  • Take place between 12 noon and 11 p.m. Be in a commercially available fireplace, following the manufacturer's instructions and have all screens and covers in place
  • Be made of dry wood only and shall not be ignited with a flammable or combustible liquid
  • Be built of a wood that does not exceed 18 inches in height above the base of the fireplace
  • Be attended by a competent person of legal age with a garden hose connected to a water supply or other fire extinguishing equipment available
  • Be conducted after permission has been obtained by calling 262-532-8899

Burning Prohibition
Outdoor fires will be prohibited when atmospheric conditions such as high winds or local circumstances such as drought make outdoor burning hazardous.

Complaints
Any report that the smoke or heat created by a fire is an annoyance, discomfort or safety hazard to the neighborhood or the traveling public will be investigated by the fire or police department.

To report a violation of the Village of Menomonee Falls Open Burning Ordinance, call 532-1700. You may request to remain anonymous.

Fires that are determined to be an annoyance or safety hazard will be ordered extinguished.

Violations
Fires that are determined to be in violation of the village of Menomonee Falls Open Burning Ordinance (Section 45-58) will be extinguished.

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