Oswego Fire Protection District

Serving the Oswego, Montgomery, Plainfield, & Yorkville Communities

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Open Burning & Bonfires

Prescribed Burns

Village of Oswego:

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Burning of brush, shrubs, vines, branches, stumps, and logs may be burned provided that:

  1. Burning is not conducted within 20’ of any structure tree, bush, shrub, or other burnable object
  2. Burning is conducted between ten o’clock (10:00) A.M. and dusk, except for recreational campfires which have no time restrictions
  3. Burning is continuously controlled and supervised by an adult with adequate fire suppression devices immediately available
  4. Wind conditions do not exceed ten (10) miles per hour
  5. All such burning shall take place only in residentially zoned areas and all materials so burned shall originate only from the parcel on which they are burned
  6. Nothing in this section shall prohibit recreational campfires.

Village of Montgomery:

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  1. It shall be unlawful to burn leaves, paper, treated building materials, cardboard, grass, rags, garbage, garden trash and/or similar materials within the corporate limits of the village
  2. The open burning of tree limbs, twigs or non-treated wood building materials for domestic fireplaces, camp fires, cooking or religious purposes shall be allowed

Village of Plainfield:

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The following open burning activities are permitted within the village, unless they cause air pollution:

  1. The setting of fires by the Forest Preserve District of Will County on property owned or controlled by it, to perform prescribed burning for natural community and habitat management.
  2. The setting of fires to combat or limit existing fires, when reasonable and necessary in the judgment of the responsible government official;
  3. The burning of fuels for legitimate campfire, recreational, and cooking purposes, or in domestic fireplaces, in areas which such burning is consistent with other laws, provided that no garbage shall be burned in such cases;
  4. The burning of waste gases, provided that in the case of refineries all such flares shall be equipped with smokeless tips or comparable devices to reduce pollution;
  5. Small open flames for heating tar or for welding, acetylene torches, highway safety flares, and the like.

Kendall County:

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  1. Open burning of garbage is prohibited except at those facilities which have been issued am IEPA permit to incinerate, and only when done in a manner compliant with all rules adopted by the IEPA for lawful burning
  2. Open burning of leather, rubber, carpets, furniture and all other refuse and toxic materials as defined by the IEPA is prohibited except at those facilities which have been issued am IEPA permit to incinerate, and only when done in a manner compliant with all rules adopted by the IEPA for lawful burning
  3. In the areas where burning is permitted, open burning of yard waste is only permitted on the property on which it was generated, subject to the following conditions:
    1. Atmospheric conditions allow for ready dispersal of contaminants
    2. Days that are NOT “Code Red” or “Ozone Action” alert days as determined by the IEPA
    3. The burning does not create a visibility hazard on roadways, tracks, or airfields
    4. Burning is not done within 20’ of any building or structure
    5. Burning is supervised until the fire is extinguished, and a hose or fire extinguisher is readily accessible
    6. The material to be burned is clean and dry
    7. The material to be burned does not contain varnish, paint, finishes, or other chemicals which would cause toxic emissions when burned

Will County:

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  1. In Unincorporated Will County, open burning shall be located not less than 50′ from any property line and all structures
  2. There must be adequate provisions to prevent fire from spreading
  3. Legitimate campfires shall also be located not less than 50 feet from any structures
  4. Only dry landscape waste generated on your property may be burned