Burning Regulations

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option
Outdoor burning within the city of Chippewa Falls is regulated by City Ordinance 9.31.

The following types of outdoor fires are legal and allowed

  • Fire place for cooking
  • Fire container used for cooking
  • Small outdoor campfires in backyard fire rings
  • Small outdoor campfires in portable metal mesh containers
  • Brush (with a Fire Dept. burning permit)
  • Wooden construction debris (with a Fire Dept. burning permit)

The following types of outdoor fires are banned

  • Leaves 
    • Please note from mid April thru mid November, a free brush & leaf drop off site is available at the City Street Dept. Shops. It is open weekdays 7:00 am – 2:45 pm plus the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Garbage
  • Asphalt and roofing materials
  • Oily substances
  • Plastic & treated lumber
  • Rubber products 

Burning Permits
For the burning of brush or wooden construction debris, burning permits can be requested by calling the Fire & Emergency Services business office at 723-5710. The city fire inspector will come to the location and check the area out for safety, proper clearances, weather conditions, and proper material to burn. Burning permits are free and if the above listed conditions pass inspection, a permit to burn will be issued. Burning permits are issued only on weekdays. No permits are issued on Holidays, Saturdays or Sundays.

Smoke Complaints
All types of outdoor burning within the city of Chippewa Falls is with the understanding of not smoking up the neighborhood and causing smoke complaints to be phoned into the police or fire departments. If a smoke complaint is made, officers will respond to the area and check it out. If it is determined that smoke is indeed causing breathing or nuisance problems, the outdoor fire must be extinguished immediately.

To minimize smoke when burning, the fire should be started in a small pile and allowed to burn hot. Add only dry materials to the pile and do not burn when wind conditions will blow smoke throughout the neighborhood. All fires must be attended at all times until the fire is completely burned out or extinguished.

Enjoy your outdoor fires, but please be safe and respect your neighbors!