Open Burning Regulations

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PUBLIC NOTICE - April 8, 2020

The Mayor of the City of Effingham, with the consent of the City Council, has declared a ban on open burning of landscape waste within the city limits effective immediately until May 15. This ban could be shortened or extended based on continued monitoring of information as it becomes available.

This open burn ban will help on several levels. Emergency first responders such as firefighters will not need to respond to fires that become out of control or by responding to other fires that are in violation of city ordinances. The temporary ban has been put into place to help relieve additional stress to those who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma. Further complications can lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory problems, resulting in doctor visits and hospitalization at a time when healthcare services are in crisis.

Families are practicing stay-at-home measures and the City thanks each of you for acting responsibly.  We would like for families to be able to open their windows, and have their children play within the confines of their yards without worrying about the complications from open burning.

The City understands how this no burn regulation affects how citizens maintain their property. However, citizens can use temporary alternative measures such as stockpiling, composting, or contracting with yard waste disposal services or local landscapers. The City hopes citizens can recognize that this ban is temporary and imposed for the good of the community and the health of friends and neighbors.

Abiding by the burning ban will show respect and goodwill for those who could become compromised by yard waste burning during the pandemic. It is inconvenient, but please know that this will pass.

The City reminds citizens that this community has always come together to solve problems, and there will be a day when we can get back to our normal routines.



If you questions or concerns please contact the

Effingham Fire Department at 217-342-2555


Partners in Fire Prevention & Public Health and Safety