to Burn in Crawford County?
Get the Facts!
What is legal to
It is legal for residents to burn clean wood products only. Businesses may
not burn anything at any time. This is only legal if appropriate guidelines and conditions are met. See the guidelines and
Guidelines for legal
Ø Only clean wood products
may be burned. (NOT wood products coated with stain, paint, glue, etc.)
Ø The fire, no matter
how small, must be attended until extinguished.
Ø Burning must be done
during daylight hours.
Ø Firefighting equipment
adequate for the size of the fire must be nearby.
Ø Fires must be extinguished
if they create a fire hazard, nuisance, pollution problem or threat to public health.
Ø The pile must be no
larger than 1000 cubic feet. In Crawford County,
the guideline used is 10W x 10D x 10H ft.
must exist in order to legally burn:
Ø Winds no greater than
11 miles per hour
Ø Humidity no less than
Ø No pollution alert
or ozone alert days
Report your intent
If the brush pile is large enough to attract attention while burning (this is considered
a controlled burn), you should report your intent to burn to the county dispatch or to the local fire department. When you
call in your intent to burn, you are not receiving permission to burn, you are merely reporting it. It is your responsibility
to know that your intent is a legal one.
Burning inside town
If you live inside town limits, the town law may be stricter. Check with the town council
What is illegal
Burning anything other than clean wood is illegal. This includes painted or stained
lumber, plywood, paneling, old homes and outbuildings, soiled household paper products, bottles, cans, cardboard, food waste,
construction debris, etc.
Are there any other
options for legal open burning?
You may apply for a variance from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Please call: 1-800-451-6027 and ask for extension 35672
illegal burning and get more information on legal options:
(And for more information on open burning and other disposal options)
Crawford County Solid Waste District: 812-338-2728, www.crawfordcountysolidwaste.org
For more information on open burning in Indiana