Open Burning

Open Burn Guidance

No Open burning allowed when the AQI is at 90 or above.  Click here for the current AQI

Can I burn in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Windsor Heights, Urbandale and Pleasant Hill

Can I burn in all other Polk County cities and townships

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.

Safe Burning and Burn Management Tips

Open Burn Best Management Practices

Open Burning Mailer (Unincorporated Polk County)


EPA Open Burning Links