Burn Bans

Currently, there is no burn ban on DNR-protected lands. Please check to see if there are burn restrictions before lighting any fire. 

Does DNR have burn bans?

Human activities are the main cause of wildfires. DNR uses burn bans as a tool to reduce human-caused wildfires during extremely hot and dry weather conditions. When a burn ban is in place, it prohibits outdoor fires on all state, county, city, and private land under DNR fire protection, including all state forests, DNR-managed forestlands and DNR campgrounds. Restricting campfires and debris-burning helps to reduce the likelihood of potentially destructive and dangerous wildfires.

What are the consequences for starting a wildfire during a burn ban?

  • A burn ban violation is a crime. Anyone caught burning may be issued a ticket or prosecuted. 
  • In addition to criminal prosecution, DNR may pursue civil actions against any person whose negligence is responsible for starting, or allowing, a fire to spread.
  • If your fire escapes, you will be responsible for paying for fire suppression personnel and equipment, as required by state law.

It is YOUR responsibility to know the burning rules.