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Don't Let Fall Leaf Burning Scorch Your Pocketbook

The trees are changing, and soon those lovely leaves will fall to the ground and litter the yard. Here are some things to know before burning your yard waste.

The vibrant colors of fall look wonderful on trees, but can be an unsightly mess in the yard. For many homeowners, the best way to dispose of those leaves is to burn them on their property.

However, before you grab those matches, please take note of the following village regulations that pertain to burning yard waste. It could save you a citation, and prevent a fire at your home.

Here are the village guidelines:

Yard Waste

  • Permission shall be requested by calling (262) 532-8899.  You are required to furnish your name, address, phone number and the description of the materials being burned.
  • Burning is restricted Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and subject to other restrictions.
  • Burning of yard waste shall be done 50 feet away from any structure.
  • Burning is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • The burning pile can be no larger than 5 feet in diameter and 3 feet high.
  • All fires must be attended by a competent person of legal age with a garden hose or water supply available.
  • Fires may not contain rubbish, garbage, trash, material made of or coated with rubber, plastic, leather or petroleum-based products, or any flammable or combustible liquids.

Recreational Camp Fires

  • Permission shall be requested by calling (262) 532-8899.
  • Camp fires can be enjoyed from 12-11 p.m..
  • Fires must be contained in a fire ring; 36 inches in diameter; constructed of stone or metal.
  • Camp fire shall be 50 feet away from any structure.
  • Dry wood only; shall not be ignited with flammable or combustible liquids.
  • Fires must be attended by a competent person of legal age with a garden hose or water supply available.

Complaints and Violations

  • Any report that the smoke or heat created by a fire is an annoyance, discomfort or safety hazard to the neighborhood or the traveling public will be investigated by the fire or police department.
  • To report a violation of the Menomonee Falls burning ordinance, call (262) 532-1700.  You may request to remain anonymous.
  • Fires that are determined to be an annoyance or safety hazard will be ordered extinguished.
  • Fires that are determined to be in violation of the Village of Menomonee Falls Open Burning Ordinance (Section 46-58) will be extinguished, and the person in violation may be issued a municipal citation.

More information about the village's burning ordinances can be found on the Menomonee Falls Fire Department website. The Public Works Department also provides information on yard waste disposal online.

Do you burn your leaves in fall? Do you find leaf burning a nuisance? Tell us in the comments.

Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) October 01, 2012 at 09:48 PM
The cops are free to visit my 72" fire ring.
W . Benz October 02, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Weber and gas grills have restrictions also .
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) October 02, 2012 at 12:32 AM
That's for when you burn your leaves in those too. There's loopholes miles wide in Falls ordinances.
atthec44 October 02, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I take Menomonee Falls doesn't pick leaves up from the curb.
Craig October 02, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Menomonee Falls does have leaf pick-up for those who have curb and gutter. This service is mainly to prevent storm sewers from becoming plugged, and comes at a price to all Village taxpayers. If you live in an area without curb and gutter- then there is no leaf pick-up. This is unfair taxation to those who have no curb and gutter. Imagine how much money is wasted by having heavy equip. operators running around cleaning up leaves. Personally, if I want to burn leaves....I call it a recreational burn so I can do it any day of the week.
Jann October 02, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Carl, I thing the article should read burning is resitricted TO Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The way its written is that you can't burn on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Cynthia Unger October 02, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I have a problem with burning in the Falls. Every year I dread the Fall Season. I have asthma and can never let fresh air into my house at night. Someone in the area is always burning something. The only time I can enjoy the fresh air in the evening or at night is winter...and this does not help our heating bill. This becomes very frustrating for my family and myself.
Susan Mandelin October 02, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I had a neighbor that didn't follow any of the regulations. It was a very scary situation with tree limbs and leaves burning on the lot line not far from my home. I have respiratory problems and the inside of my house smelled smoky. PLEASE ban burning in the village.
Wendy October 02, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I 100% agree that the village should not allow burning and it should be banned. It stinks and I dislike the smell in my house and outside. It doesn't matter what time of the year there's alwssy burning in my neighborhood.
Craig October 03, 2012 at 12:28 AM
My neighbor farts all the time, I don't like breathing that either.
Cx2plusE@aol.com October 03, 2012 at 11:58 AM
If leaf burning is banned, leak pick up should be for all.
Craig October 03, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Mr. Mueller you hit the nail on the head! Large yards at the edge of town are forced to deal with leaves on their own, and they typically have many more trees. Yet the Village spends a couple hundred grand each year cleaning up people's messes at the curb. Raking leaves into the road should be punishable, but the Village looks the other way.

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