Open Burning

What is prohibited from burning?


No matter where you live in our district, the burning of construction materials and debris, garbage, trash, or household waste, paper goods, cardboard, wood, food waste, animal waste, furniture, clothing, mattresses, appliances, and similar items and/or material is prohibited.




I live in the Village of Bull Valley, what's our burn ordinance?


Currently the Village of Bull Valley follows the McHenry County Burning Ordinance. Click Here.




I live in the City of Woodstock, what is our burn ordinance?


The following link will take you directly to the City of Woodstock Burn Policies and Regulations. Click Here.




Can I have a bonfire or recreational fire on my property?


With our district covering 90 square miles, the specific burn ordinance will depend on where you live (City of Woodstock, Village of Bull Valley, or unincorporated McHenry County). For example, the City of Woodstock prohibits all bonfires, while MCDH allows small 3'x3'x3' bonfires without permit.




I live in Unincorporated McHenry County, what is our burn ordinance?


The following link will take you directly to the McHenry County Department of Health's Burn Ordinance. Click Here.





Does your burn meet your local ordinance listed above? Please let us know if/when you plan on burning. The form below is NOT a burn permit, simply for notification purposes for the fire district. For burns on the same day, call us after completing the form.