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Fire Department

BURN PERMITS
A permit to have an open fire is required except when the ground is snow covered, or for domestic purposes, to protect persons or property in case of fire. To obtain a permit, call the township offices during regular business hours or Fire Chief, Dwight Sheridan, at 231-853-6848 any day except Sunday.
  • Permits are not valid for more than 3 consecutive days.
  • No fire shall be set when a high wind is blowing.
  • An adequate fire line shall be made around the area to be burned.
  • A force of adults, sufficient to control the fire, shall be on hand at all times.
  • Permit holders are liable for any damage to property which may occur.
  • Permits are revoked if conditions are such that burning may not be done safely.

Legal Responsibility
  • Any person who sets a fire without taking reasonable precautions or leaves a fire before it is extinguished is guilty of a misdemeanor.
  • Any person who maliciously sets a fire which endangers human life or destroys property may be assessed a fine or imprisoned.
  • Any person who negligently allows a fire to escape is liable for all expenses incurred in the suppression of that fire.

Burn Permit PDF

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