Burn Permits are not required September – March; however, safe burning principles still apply… please burn safely!
Current Fire Danger: LOW
Burn Status and Fire Danger last updated on 09/04/2020
On October 8, 1871, tragedy struck Chicago as one of America’s most devastating fires consumed the city. The fire ravaged for three days, killing almost 300 people and leaving another 100,000 homeless after over 17,400 structures were lost to the flames. The true cause of the fire remains lost to history, but it is widely accredited to Mrs. O’Leary’s ill-tempered heifer who supposedly kicked over a lantern in a barn. At the time, Chicago suffered a drought, and, coupled with the predominantly wooden and ornate construction of the time, the fire was eager to spread out of control.
From the ashes, fire codes evolved to protect people from such disaster happening again at such a scale, and today the National Fire Protection Agency honors the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire by observing Fire Prevention Safety Week every October.
This year’s events are scheduled for October 4th through October 10th, and themed “serving up safety in the kitchen.” While we would normally invite everyone into our KESA Fire House to learn in person, times are odd. No less, we encourage you to enjoy the excellent resources created by NFPA for this year… including games for the kiddos (and kids at heart). Stay tuned for more fire safety!
With summer waning, seasonal burn permits are no longer enforced. Please keep in mind safe burning practices at all times, and we certainly wouldn’t be upset if you called us to let us know you were burning (although this is not required in the “off season”).
All burn piles should be cleared of debris on all sides, should be supervised until embers are safely cooled, should remain under 10×10 in size, and should have ample water ready.
The weather forecast hints at a dry and windy week; thus, DNR has suspended all small scale and large scale burn permits until further notice. Click here to read more regarding the suspension. This does not apply to 3×3 cooking and warming fires, but safe burning practices should always be followed. That means keep the area clean of flammable material, keep water on hand, and always keep campfires supervised.