Marathon Area Fire Authority

Online Burning Permit System

For the issuance of burning permits in:
Marathon Township
Oregon Township
That portion of Oregon Township protected by Marathon Area Fire Authority

Issuance of permit does NOT relieve the permittee of:


Permissible Burning

Is defined as the open burning of leaves, tree branches or yard trimmings originating on the premises of private residences and burned on those premises. The burning of these materials shall not create a nuisance. Also included are recreational bonfires and construction related warming fires using firewood.

Only natural vegetation is allowed to be burned in the open. Natural vegetation is defined as brush, grass, leaves, logs, tree limbs, yard clippings and similar items. Lumber or wood products (dimensional lumber, plywood, chipboard, etc) is not considered to be natural vegetation and the burning of such materials is not permitted.

Lumber or wood products (dimensional lumber, plywood, chipboard, etc) is not considered to be natural vegetation and the burning of such materials is not permitted.

Public Act 102 of 2012 prohibits the burning of household waste with the exception of untreated paper. Trash that contains plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals, or hazardous materials are not permitted to be burned at any time. Homeowners that choose to burn trash that is not prohibited may do so in an approved container on their property as long as it does not violate any other local or state ordinances or regulations. An approved container is constructed of metal or masonry with a metal covering device with openings no larger than 3/4 inch. If you're not sure if an item is allowed to be burned in the open, please contact our office by telephone (810-793-2002) and we'll assist you in the determination.

Minimum Requirements

You must have the items listed below in order to burn.

  1. You must be 18 or older to obtain a burn permit; must have current permit on file
  2. A charged garden hose or a five gallon bucket of water unless the ground is completely covered with snow
  3. A shovel or rake
  4. Pile must be at least 50 feet from structures
  5. 2 acre minimum for burning within village limits

Open burning is prohibited for any of the following reasons:

  1. The burning is offensive due to smoke and/or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires objectionable to others.
  2. Location of the open burning is less than 50 feet from any structure.
  3. Fire in approved containers are less than 15 feet from any structure.
  4. The open burning is for the disposal of any construction or other prohibited materials.
  5. The open burning is not constantly attended and/or a garden hose or other approved fire extinguishing equipment is not available for use.
  6. No burning of leaves in Marathon and Forest Township within the village limits

Permits are normally valid for up to thirty (30) days. Subsequent burning without a permit is a violation of these rules. Unless restricted due to weather conditions, this permit will be valid from 2/28/2021 through 3/29/2021.

By completing the following form, I request authorization to start or cause to be started a fire upon land under my control at the specified address.

First Name
Last Name
Street Address
Home Telephone Number
Cellular Telephone Number
Email Address
Has your ability to obtain a burn permit ever been restricted
due to a violation of the open burning rules?
Shall encompass an area of (estimated sq ft.)
The fuels burned shall consist of: Leaves Grass Clippings Ground clearing vegetative debris
Small branches Dried Firewood Other permitted vegetative matter
Township *Only parts of Oregon township are covered.
Additional comments

As a permittee I certify:

By checking this box, I agree to abide by the rules dictated on this page

By pressing the "Submit" button below, you are agreeing to comply with all laws and regulations, pertaining to open burning. An email with your permit number will be sent to the address you have provided. It is recommended that you print a copy of the permit and have it with you when burning.

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