Safety Topic: Controlled Burns/Brush Burns

In spring time, many people find themselves with the desire to clean up outdoors.  As the ground and area dries out many people take the opportunity to have a "controlled burn" of left over wood or brush.  It is important that the individual who has decided to have a burn ensures every safety measure is taken.  Below are a few recommendations if an individual decides to take it upon themselves to have a burn.

  • Be sure to call the fire station and leave a message with your name and phone number along with what, when and where you are burning.  Fire station phone number: 608-423-2014.
  • Be sure to contact your respective township for any needed permits.
  • Check the DNR website for burn conditions and follow them appropriately. 
  • Always ensure the area you have designated as your "burn area" is free from dried grass, overhanging trees, or building exposures.
  • Burn brush in small, manageable piles.
  • Have a source of water available (hose or bucket of water).
  • Do not burn if it is windy.
  • Communicate your intentions, as well as time, date, location and precautionary measures with us or your local fire department, as well as reach out to neighbors to ensure they know it is happening.
  • Never, ever leave a burn unattended.
  • ​When done, douse the area that was burning with water.​​

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Fire Prevention and Education is one of the most important functions of any Fire Department. Our goal is to provide the general public with access to information and activities that will help to increase awareness to fire and emergency situations, as well as how to properly respond if a dangerous situation occurs. With proper planning, preparedness and knowledge everyone can make better decisions regarding safety. 

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