Leaf burning is a complicated issue that impacts more than your own yard. If you live in a village, contact them to learn about restrictions. Leaf burning is permitted in unincorporated Lake County.
Rules to remember if you must burn:
- Be safe at all times.
- Adults only.
- Be aware of your neighbors and the smoke you’re creating. Some individuals are very sensitive to the smoke.
- The leaves you’re burning should never exceed 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high.
- Never leave a fire unattended. You must continue to supervise the ashes 30 to 45 minutes after extinguishing the fire.
- Always have a way to put the fire out quickly. Keep a water hose and shovel handy.
- Be alert to wind velocity. Don’t burn if there are high winds (15-20 miles/hour) or anticipated high winds such as a weather front approaching.
- Don’t burn anything in the ditch ways or on the road. The new storm pipes are PVC (plastic), which will melt. Burning in the ditch way also creates erosion after the grass is burned. The soil then washes downstream and fills other ditches, lakes and ponds.