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Open Burning Regulations

Since the Countryside Fire Protection District provides protective services to several different villages as well as unincorporated Lake County, there are regulations as to whether or not burning of yard waste is allowed as well as what can be burned and when. Below is the general overview for each area. A printable brochure with this same information is also available for download below.

Open Burning Regulations

Please notify Countryside Dispatch (non-emergency) at (847) 918-6110 before doing any burning.

Jurisdiction Regulations
Village of Vernon Hills Open burning is NOT permitted. Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are permitted only when firewood is used for recreational purposes in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Village of Long Grove The burning of leaves or grass clippings is NOT permitted. Burning of twigs, branches, and small trees is permitted provided that the piles are limited to 3x3x3 and that these items are generated on the property. With a permit, prairie conservation areas are allowed to be burned in a controlled manner. Permits and guidelines can be obtained from the District.
Village of Hawthorn Woods Open burning is NOT permitted. Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are permitted only when firewood is used for recreational purposes in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. With a permit, wetland or prairie conservation burns may be allowed upon written request of the property owner to the Village of Hawthorn Woods.
Indian Creek Burning of leaves or grass clippings is NOT permitted. Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire Pits are permitted only when firewood is used for recreational / cooking purposes in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. With a permit, prairie conservation areas are allowed to be burned in a controlled manner.
Unincorporated Lake County Burning of leaves and small branches is permitted during daylight hours. Open burning must be 25′ from any structure and 50′ from schools and roads.  Absolutely no burning on roads. The burning of landscape waste must be generated on the property.  Maximum size of any burn pile is 5′ in diameter and 3′ high.
Bonfires (All Areas) Requires notification and approval from the District.

Downloadable Brochures/Ordinances/Newsletters

Guide to Open Burning in the Countryside Fire Protection District
Open Burning Guide-Indian Creek
Village of Long Grove 2014-2015 IEPA Open Burn Permit
Village of Long Grove 2015 Open Burn Sites Master List
Village of Hawthorn Woods Open Burning Ordinance No. 1409-12
Village of Hawthorn Woods E-Blast Newsletter regarding Open Burning
Lake County Fire Prevention Safety Requirements
Lake County Public Nuisance Ordinance
Open Burn Permit Application

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