100 N. Tomahawk Avenue • Tomahawk, WI 54487 • 715-453-3242 

Required Permits
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CITY OF TOMAHAWK ANNUAL BURNING PERMIT POLICY

PERMIT FORMS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE TOMAHAWK FIRE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE: tomahawkfiredept.com PLEASE COPY THE FORM, COMPLETE THE FORM THEN MAIL OR DELIVER THE FORM TO THE TOMAHAWK POLICE DEPARTMENT 219 W. SOMO AVENUE, TOMAHAWK, WI 54487. PERMITS WILL ALSO BE ISSUED AT THE TOMAHAWK FIRE STATION FROM 5:00 PM TO 6:00 PM ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM THE FIRST MONDAY OF APRIL THRU THE FIRST MONDAY IN NOVEMBER.

Regular and burn barrel permits will be issued on an annual basis.

After obtaining an annual burning permit the permitee is required to:

  1. Either call a toll-free number (1-888-WIS-BURN) or access a DNR web site (www.dnr.wi.gov/forestry/fire) BEFORE burning to find out what permit restrictions are in place and to find out if burning is allowed that day for Lincoln County. Messages for the current day’s burning restrictions will be updated at 9:00 am daily.

  2. Call the Tomahawk Police Department and notify them that burning is to take place and the time the burning is to take place. (715) 453-2121

  3. Permits must be kept on hand and readily available at all times when burning is taking place. If a burning permit is lost it may be replaced by a new permit being issued.

  4. Burning shall only take place from 6:00 pm until midnight each day.

  5. Should the hotline or the website not be working and a fire department representative cannot be reached you may not burn until you are able to get information regarding that day’s burning conditions.

  6. NO burning is allowed on Sundays and legal Holidays.

Burn permits may be issued for individuals wanting to burn small amounts of household and yard wood, clean paper products, small amounts of dry leaves, plant clippings, and brush. Individuals may also burn small amounts of dry combustible rubbish that includes paper, cardboard and clean untreated-unpainted wood as long as weather conditions do not pose a fire hazard.

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    WHAT HAPPPENS IF A PERSON BURNS WITHOUT CALLING IN OR CHECKING THE WEBSITE FIRST?

    If a person disregards this process and burns on a day when permits have been suspended, that person will be subject to a civil forfeiture for burning without permission. If the fire should escape, they may also be liable for any suppression costs as well as any damages an escaped fire might cause.

    COOKING, WARMING OR CAMPFIRES:

    Cooking, warming or campfires do not require a burning permit and are allowed anytime, except during emergency forest fire regulations. This exemption for permits applies to fires solely set and used for this purpose. Remember, bon fires and trash fires are not camp fires!

    WISCONSIN LAWS PROHIBIT ANYONE FROM BURNING THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS:

    1. Wet, combustible rubbish, such as wet cardboard or paper.

    2. Oily substances, such as oily or greasy rags, oil filters, etc.

    3. Asphalt, such as asphalt shingles or tar paper..

    4. Plastics of any kind, including plastic bottles and plastic bags.

    5. Rubber products, including tires and hoses.

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    FOREST FIRE REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS

    The following activities are UNLAWFUL:

    1. Burning without a permit: To burn without a permit or contrary to the written restrictions on a permit.

    2. Failure to extinguish: To set a fire or assist in setting a fire, including a backfire, on any lands in this state and fail to totally extinguish the fire before leaving it.

    3. Allow fire to escape: To set a fire or assist in setting a fire including a backfire upon your land or land under your control and to allow the fire to become a wildfire.

    4. Arson fires: To intentionally set fire to the land or marsh of another.

    5. Destroy property: To destroy, deface, or molest any poster or warning notice, forest fire sign, forest protection equipment, or property.

    6. Negligent handling of burning material: To handle burning material in a highly negligent manner that creates an unreasonable risk or high probability of death or harm for another person or serious damage to another’s property.

    LIABILITY FOR WILDFIRES

    Suppression Costs: Any person, firm, or corporation who sets fires on any land and allow it to become a forest fire, shall be liable for all expenses incurred in the suppression of the fire by the state, township or city in which the fire occurred.

    Civil Liability Damages: Any person, whose property is injured or destroyed by fires, may recover, in a civil action, the value of timber, young forest growth, or any other damages suffered, from person’s causing such fires.

    IN CASE OF EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL 911

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      BURN PILE GUIDELINES

      If you wish to use a burn pile follow these guidelines to ensure your pile does not cause a wildfire:

      1. Get a burning permit and adhere to the restrictions on the permit!

      2. NO burning on Sundays & legal Holidays.

      3. The burn pile must be attended at all times.

      4. Burn pile should be kept to 6 ft. X 6 ft. or smaller.

      5. Burn only one pile at a time.

      6. Provide an area free of flammable material a minimum of 10 feet around the pile.

      7. Have water and fire fighting tools on hand.

      8. Do not burn when it is windy.

      9. Burn piles can hold over in roots, stumps or other material and can be rekindled at a later time.

      10. Never leave your fire unattended and make sure it is cold before you leave!

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      BURN BARREL INFORMATION

      Only dry, clean and untreated paper and wood products which are not recyclable are legal to be burned in a barrel. Burning of plastics, garbage, asphalt, treated, or painted wood, rubber, or oily substances is prohibited.

      BURN BARREL GUIDELINES

      If you wish to use a burn barrel follow these guidelines to ensure your barrel does not cause a wildfire:

      1. Get a burning permit and adhere to the restrictions on the permit!

      2. NO burning on Sundays and legal Holidays.

      3. The burn pile must be attended at all times.

      4. Barrel MUST be covered with a lid or screen with holes ¼ inch or smaller.

      5. Vent or drainage holes in sides and bottom or barrel should be no larger than ¼ inch.

      6. Provide an area free of flammable material 6-10 feet around the barrel.

      7. Have water and fire fighting tools on hand

      8. Do Not burn when it’s windy.

      9. Never leave your fire unattended and make sure it is cold before you leave!

      IN CASE OF EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL 911