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Burn Permit

Daviess County residents requesting to burn anything other than leaves and having less than one (1) acre of ground are required to obtain a burn permit from the Daviess County Fire Department.  Permits are FREE and may be issued for two (2) weeks.

During fire seasons, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the hours of 6am to 6pm.

Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season

  • February 15th – April 30th

Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season

  • October 1st – December 15th
What Can i burn?  Review Accepted Items for Open Burning


Plant Beds – Tobacco Curing

Land Management (Onsite Only)

Leaves & Weeds – Storm Debris – Natural Growth from Land Clearing – Land Management

Construction Site Warming Fires

Contained in 55 Gallon Drum (Max) – Clean Lumber – Air Temp. Below 50 Degrees


Camp Fires  – Ceremonial Bonfires – Cooking – Uncoated Paper & Cardboard

DO NOT BURN!  These items are not Acceptable

Home & Farm

Animal Bedding – Hay – Muck Piles – Grass Clippings – Agricultural Plastic


Asbestos – Construction & Demolition Debris – Shingles – Buildings – Drywall

Household Garbage 

Animal or Vegetable Matter – Plastic – Coated Paper Products – Cans – Glass

Wood Materials

Fence Posts – Sawdust – Wood Mulch – Treated Lumber – Pallets – Wood Building Materials


Chemicals – Insulation – Carpet – Tires – Coated Wire – Furniture – Rubber – Oil – Business Waste

For specifics on open burning, contact the Division of Air Quality at 270-687-7304 or 1-800-928-2380.  All callers will be given the current burn requirements/restrictions.

Safety Tips:

  • Do not burn too close to any building or area that might endanger the public health and safety.
  • Never burn under any tree or power lines.
  • All fires should be closely monitored and never left unattended.

Questions?  Call the Daviess County Fire Department at 270-685-8440.

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