With burn bans in effect in many counties, violating any given ban could cost you.
Aside from the risk factors, if you burn when there is a burn ban, it’s a class B misdemeanor.
That means you could face up to 30 days in jail and up to a $1,500 fine.
If you burn someone else’s property you could even be sued.
“If you’ve got somebody who’s violating a burn ban and as a result burns down thousands of acres of pasture, stubble fields, etc. that’s going to be a civil issue. The most that sheriff’s department or state’s attorney’s office or the courts can do is punish the criminal side of it as the B misdemeanor,” said Todd Schwarz, deputy state’s attorney.
When there isn’t a burn ban and you are allowed to burn, the fire department wants to remind you to call in before you burn.