Debris Burning on Your Property

Gallatin County Emergency Management

Burning is a common practice for many homeowners who want to get rid of yard waste such as leaves, branches, and other debris. However, if not done properly, yard burning can be dangerous and can cause serious harm to both humans and the environment. In this article, we will discuss some tips for safe yard burning.

  1. Check local regulations and weather

Before you start burning in your yard, it is important to check your local regulations and weather.  Anything other than recreational fires withing Gallatin County require the purchase an annual Burn Permit and activation of it each day you plan to burn.  Check the weather to ensure it is safe to burn and that the conditions won’t change throughout the day.  Information on Open Burning regulations are available at:  Typically, Open Burning will be shut down by fire departments when high fire risk exists, such as late summer.

  1. Choose a safe location

When selecting a location for yard burning, it is important to choose a safe spot. The area should be far away from any buildings, trees, or other flammable objects. You should also clear the area of debris and make sure the ground is free from any dry leaves or grass that will allow your fire to burn into unwanted areas.

  1. Be prepared

Before you start burning, make sure you have all the necessary equipment on hand. You will need a hose or bucket of water or hose, a shovel, and a rake. You should also wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves and pants made from non-flammable materials.

  1. Start small

When you are ready to start burning, begin with a small pile of yard waste. This will allow you to control the fire and prevent it from getting out of hand. As the fire burns down, you can gradually add more debris to the pile.

  1. Monitor the fire

It is important to monitor the fire at all times. Never leave a burning pile unattended, and keep a close eye on the flames. If the fire starts to get out of control, use your hose or bucket of water to extinguish the flames.

  1. Extinguish the fire properly

Once you have finished burning, make sure to extinguish the fire properly. Use your hose or bucket of water to thoroughly wet down the ashes and debris. Use your shovel and rake to mix the ashes and debris together, making sure everything is completely saturated.

In conclusion, yard burning can be a safe and effective way to get rid of yard waste, as long as it is done properly. By following these tips, you can help prevent accidents and ensure that your yard burning is both safe and effective.