Due to the “stay home, stay safe” executive order, most burn permits are suspended across the state. Burning yard debris is the top cause of wildfires in Michigan. Suspending burn permits reduces the potential for wildfires, which will limit the risk of exposing first responders to coronavirus and make sure trained personnel and equipment are available to assist with COVID-19 response as needed. However, burning still may be allowed in snow-covered areas of the state, reflected on the map.
A burn permit is not required for cooking or recreational campfires.
Local ordinances may apply!
Check with your local city, township or village officials before lighting your fire. If no local ordinances are in effect, state law:
- Allows burning grass and leaves in municipalities with populations less than 7,500 unless prohibited by local ordinance.
- Prohibits burning any yard debris within 1,400 feet of an incorporated city or village limit under EGLE air quality rules.