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Open burning

Open burning is outdoor burning in an unconfined area, container or pile. Wisconsin regulations generally prohibit open burning due to the associated health and environmental impacts. There are some exceptions for certain activities. Use the "Can I burn" tool to answer a set of guided questions and find out whether you can burn. For more information about specific types of burns, see Know before you burn. Any open burning activity must also conform to local ordinances.

"Can I Burn?"

Answer a series of questions about a specific burn in order to determine whether that burn is allowed under state laws.

Know Before You Burn

Air quality and waste management rules generally prohibit open burning. Learn more.

Environmental and Health Impacts

All open burning poses risks to the environment and public health.

Alternatives to Burning

Always consider alternatives before you burn.

Open Burning Complaints

If you have concerns or complaints about open burning, consider taking the following steps.