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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Burn Permits

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Burning is allowed inside the Louisburg city limits on Friday and Saturday only. Although burn permits are not required for City of Louisburg residents, you must call the Miami County Sheriff's Office at 913-294-3232 option 4, prior to any burning.

The permit process is changing for rural Miami County residents effective Jan. 1, 2022. Permits are required for those persons that reside outside Louisburg city limits in Rural Fire District #1.  A permit application may be found on the Miami County website under the Important Link section on the home page. There is no charge for a permit but persons who wish to burn are required to call the Miami County Sheriff’s Office prior to burning at 913-294-3232 option 4. A permit is valid annually. Please call the Miami County Sheriff’s Office at the number above each and every time you plan to burn.

Burning is allowed 1 hour after sunrise and 1 hour after sunset. A responsible party must remain at the burn location for the duration of the burn. Additional regulations are available on the permit.

Additional Open Burning Restrictions and Requirements for all County residents regardless of where they live:

  • The person conducting the burning shall stockpile the material to be burned, dry it to the extent possible before it is burned, and assure that it is free of matter that will inhibit good combustion.
  • The controlled burn must be more than 50 feet from a structure.
  • Do not use tires, oil, or composition shingles to ignite or accelerate the fire.
  • Do not burn anything that creates a dark smoke.
  • Insurance coverage is required to cover any damages to property caused by applicants open burning.
  • Burning is permitted from one hour after sunrise until one hour after sundown. No material may be added to the fire within two hours before sunset.
  • Burning is prohibited during inclement or foggy conditions or on very cloudy days (defined as days with more than 0.7 cloud cover and with a ceiling of less than 2,000 feet).
  • Surface wind speeds must be 5 mph and no more than 15 mph.
  • Burning is prohibited within 1,000 feet of any occupied dwelling unless the occupant of that dwelling has been notified prior to the burn.
  • Burning that creates a traffic or other safety hazard is prohibited. If burning is to take place within 1,000 feet of a roadway, the applicant / person conducting the burn must notify the highway patrol, sheriff's office, or other appropriate state or local traffic authority before the burning begins.
  • If burning is to take place within one mile of an airport, the applicant / person conducting the burn must notify the airport authority before the burning begins.
  • The applicant / person conducting the burn must ensure that the burning is supervised until the fire is extinguished.

 Applicant/person conducting the burn within the unincorporated part of the County can be fined $250 for loss in control of the fire.  

A violator may also be assessed all cost incurred by the fire department(s) extinguishing the fire upon which the violator is convicted.

Miami County Fire District's 1 and 2 along with Miami County Government will not be held liable for any damages caused by the burning procedure.

State imposed burning bans negate any issued burn permits for the duration of the burn ban.

Burning shall be prohibited while the following NWS weather advisories are in effect: Red Flag Warning, Fire Weather Watch, Wind Advisory, High Wind Watch, High Wind Warning.

Additional regulations specific to City of Louisburg:

  • Any person who violates the provisions of Louisburg City Code pertaining to open burning may be assessed a fine of not less than $50 or more than $500 upon conviction and the violator may be assessed all costs incurred by the City in controlling any fire found to be burning in violation of City Code. 


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