in the spring, we here at Town Hall get calls about burning, both from people who want to burn yard waste and those that are negatively impacted by it.
This year answering those questions and concerns is a little more complex because the Town has a fairly new fire ordinance. You can find the whole text of the ordinance at: http://www.town.verona.wi.us/images-docs/2012/02/CHAPTER-3-Fire-Safety.pdf. Some of the highlights about burning yard waste have been cut and pasted below.
Burning of yard waste is still allowed – “No person may burn any trash, garbage, plastics, shingles, foam, furniture, wire, metal, aluminum, vinyl products, rubber products, oil based products, or any other waste within the Town, except for dry paper and dry, untreated, natural wood. Burning of the following items is allowed: brush, leaves, needles, grass, clean wood, unrecyclable paper, and unrecyclable cardboard.”
You are asked to get a DNR permit for open burning – “Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) permits are required for the burning of vegetative debris. DNR annual burning permits are available at no cost and are issued for burning on the ground and in barrels. The permits are good for a calendar year and are non-transferable.”
You can get a DNR permit at no cost by going to http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/forestfire/restrictions.html. It literally takes less than a minute to do. By getting a DNR permit, you can check the fire danger and get basic safety instructions.
The Town of Verona Board of Supervisors has felt strongly about allowing burning in the township, particularly since the Town does not provide any composting or chipping of yard waste. However, please be considerate of your neighbors when you burn. Use caution and consideration as your neighbors should not be subjected to constant exposure to smoke. Many people are susceptible to smoke irritation and may want to open their windows or screen doors or enjoy the outdoors now that the warmer weather is here.