All open fires require a burn permit and notification of the sheriff and fire departments. The only fires that do not require a permit are when you burn rubbish in a barrel, trash can, or other enclosed burner, AND the container has a heavy screen or cover to prevent burning materials or embers from escaping. Contained-type recreational campfires do not require notification to the township or burn permit.
Town hall: 920-563-4510
Jefferson County Sheriff: 920-674-7310
Fort Atkinson Fire Dept: 920-563-7795
It is not necessary to contact a board supervisor. Call your local fire department if you are outside the Fort Atkinson fire department area. You can obtain a free burn permit by calling the town hall. If the town hall is closed you may leave a message on the answering machine.
You are not allowed to burn:
- Wet garbage
- Household trash
If the fire department is called the property owner will be billed $800 for a fire department response, regardless of whether prior burning authorization had been received or $200 for fire department service call charge (example: gas leak, faulty CO detector going off). Burning without a permit could also result in a fine. You may want to contact your insurance agent to make sure you have coverage to pay the $800 charge.