Fort Dodge Open Burn Guidelines

Fort Dodge residents will be able to take advantage of open burning of yard waste next weekend. When it last met in session, the Fort Dodge City Council lifted the burn ban within city limits temporarily from Saturday May 31st through June 8th. Residents are permitted to to burn yard waste including leaves, grass clippings, straw, and small branches generated only on their property. No trash or waste materials such as garbage, food, furniture, or tires are permitted to be burned. City fire marshal Doug Ostbloom says  residents should extinguish all burns by 8:00pm nightly (Ostbloom)

Fire pile or piles size shall be less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height the yard waste fire shall not be conducted within 25 feet of any structure or combustible material. Fire plies shall be restricted to no more than three per lot. A minimum separation of 5 feet shall be maintained between piles.

1. An operable garden connected to a water supply shall be provided. If water is not available approved on site fire extinguishing equipment shall be on hand to control and extinguish the fire.
2. Any open burning determined to be a fire hazard or smoke nuisance will be extinguished.
3. Burning shall be suspended when sustained winds are in excess of 20 mile per hour.
4.  No burning shall be conducted in city owned alleys or in the public street.
5.  No Gas or Diesel may be utilized to start a fire.
6. Extreme weather conditions may cause burning to be suspended.

For questions or more information, contact the Fort Dodge Fire Department or visit


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