Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Burning Restrictions

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Thank you for visiting the DNR burning permit Web page. It is important to have your written and signed annual burning permit available while burning and follow all restrictions listed on both sides of the permit. You can also call 1-888-WIS-BURN (947-2876) for daily restrictions. Click on a county to see burning restrictions in effect.

Information on the burning permit system
Burning Permits - It's Your Responsibility [PDF]

How forest fire "danger" is measured

Fire danger sign
This sign found at many Ranger Stations throughout the state, displays the current local fire danger rating.

The rating shown on Ranger Station signs refers to the burning condition list below:


Explosive conditions. Fires start easily, burn fiercely and crown readily. Often very difficult or impossible to control during the day. Burning is not recommended.

Very High

Very dangerous conditions. Fires start easily, spread very rapidly, crown and spot. Very difficult to control. Burning is not recommended.


Dangerous conditions. Fires start readily from a match or sparks, spread quickly, and spot readily. Difficult to control. Burning is not recommended.


Fires start from a match or burning embers, spread quickly in dry grass or leaves. Burn with extreme caution.


Fires will start from an open flame, spread slowly and in absence of wind tend to go out. The safest time to burn.