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Open Burning

Upon receipt of an application to open burn, Polk County may issue a permit for an open fire for the following purposes. Disaster rubbish, tree and tree trimmings, landscape waste (clearing & grubbing), training fires, bonfire, right of way clean up and prairie maintenance.

Iowa County Under Burn Bans

NWS - Grassland Fire Index

NWS - Red Flag Warning

Issued Burn Permits

Each open burn permit may contain conditions and is subject to the provisions set forth in Polk Count Board of Health Rules & Regulations Chapter V –Air Pollution.

Open Burning Forms

Open Burning within the City of Des Moines (Polk & Warren Counties) Instructions

Burn Permit Exemption & Fire Department Notification Information

Effective August 5, 2013- Public gatherings under the legitimate sponsorship of civic fraternal, religious, education or similar organization are not required to obtain a burn permit for these events located within parks that allow open burning.  However, a notification is required to the Air Quality Division and Fire Department having jurisdiction over the park. The notification form is provided below.

EPA Open Burning Links


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