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Prescribed Burns

Facts on Prescribed Burns in the City of FranklinPrescribed Burns, Franklin, WI

The Franklin Fire Department, as the enforcement authority for the City of Franklin’s Fire Prevention, Protection, and Control Code (Chapter 133 of Franklin’s Municipal Ordinances), occasionally receives requests for permission to conduct prescribed burns. The Department reviews and approves or denies these requests on a case-by-case basis. 

What is a "prescribed" burn?

A prescribed burn is the controlled burning of invasive weeds, grasses, and brush for the purpose of restoring native prairie plant species and improving wildlife habitat. 

Who can carry out a prescribed burn?

The City’s municipal ordinances place conditions and restrictions on all types of outdoor burning. The Franklin Fire Department only grants approval for prescribed burns that are planned and conducted by a professional environmental consulting or engineering firm demonstrating adequate proof of insurance. 

Who should I call if I have questions or concerns about smoke conditions or illegal burning?

Contact the Franklin Fire Department at 414-425-1420 for questions about outdoor burning. 

If any type of outdoor burning involves or threatens any structure or roadway, call 911 immediately.

For more information, visit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource (Wi-DNR) website.

City of Franklin Fire Prevention Code