Open Burning


FAQs About Outdoor Burning


Note: The following applies only to owner occupied single-family homes. If you reside in an apartment or condominium, check with your landlord and/or homeowners association.


Q:  Can I have a recreational fire in my yard?  

A:  Yes. Recreational fires are allowed without a permit, with the following restrictions:

  • The fire must be contained in an approved manner; such as a commercial portable fireplace or a stone, metal, or masonry fire ring.

  • The fire should be a minimum of 25 feet from any combustible overhang or structure (portable fire places should NEVER be placed on wood decks). 

  • Only dry firewood should be used.

  • Please act responsibly and be considerate of your neighbors!  (FFD will respond to investigate any complaints, and may require you to extinguish the fire).
     

Q:  Can I burn yard waste?

A:  Yes, with limitations. Open burning is allowed in the spring and fall, with a permit (available at City Hall), and with the following restrictions:

  • Burning of yard waste is only allowed between the dates of April 1st and June 15th and between October 15th and November 30th.

  • Only dry, combustible leaves and branches may be burned.  Burning of construction debris and other trash is prohibited.

  • The burn pile may not exceed 4 feet in width or 3 feet in height, must be a minimum of 50 feet from any building and 25 feet from any road.

  • Burning is permitted from 7:00 a.m. until 1/2 hour after sunset, and must be continuously supervised, by a competent individual, age 16 or older.

  • A means of extinguishment (i.e., a garden hose or water bucket) must be immediately available at all times.

  • Wind speed may not exceed 9 miles per hour.

  • Please act responsibly and be considerate of your neighbors!  (FFD will respond to investigate any complaints, and may require you to extinguish the fire). 


REMINDER:  NEVER LEAVE ANY FIRE UNATTENDED FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME!

Franklin Fire Department, Franklin, Wisconsin 
 
Franklin Fire Department
911 - Emergency
414-425-2522 (Non-Emergency Dispatch)
Fire Administration
Phone:  414-425-1420
Fax:  414-425-7067

Fire Station No. 1 (Headquarters)
8901 W. Drexel Avenue

Fire Station No. 2
9911 S. 60th Street

Fire Station No. 3
4755 W. Drexel Avenue