Farmington Hills Fire: Open burning banned

Lt. Larry Gauthier 2015
Farmington Hills Fire Dept. Lt. Larry Gauthier (City of Farmington Hills)

Spring has finally arrived! The Farmington Hills Fire Department would like to remind residents that spring cleanup does not include the burning of yard waste.

In accordance with City Ordinance Section 12-15, open burning of yard waste is strictly prohibited. Burning yard waste can easily lead to a variety of unintended and unfortunate accidental incidents ranging from personal injury to property loss.

The reality is that we all enjoy a campfire. In this instance, the City ordinance allows small recreational fires at single family homes only. A small recreational fire must be contained in a semi-enclosed device approved for burning and only seasoned fire wood can be used. No yard waste and no dimensional lumber or other construction materials shall be openly burned.

Single family homeowners who desire to have a recreational fire must keep a reasonable clearance from power lines and structures and also have a source of water or a portable fire extinguisher nearby.

Since open burning is prohibited, please follow these guidelines for yard waste disposal:

  • Curbside yard waste pickup began the week of April 9 and will continue until the week of December 3, 2018.
  • All yard waste placed at the curbside in acceptable containers will be collected by the yard waste truck on the regular garbage day.
  • Acceptable yard waste includes leaves, grass, shrub clippings, twigs, and plant materials.
  • There are three options available for yard waste disposal:
    • Place yard waste in a trash can (32-gallon size limit) with a yard waste sticker on both sides. Yard waste stickers are available free from City Hall or the DPW.
    • Put yard waste in brown paper yard waste bags. Please do not overstuff bags.
    • Use a mulching mower and recycle leaves and grass clippings back into the lawn.
  • Small limbs (six inches in diameter or less) and brush must be tied in bundles that do not exceed four feet in length or weigh more than 60 pounds per bundle. Unbundled brush and large limbs will not be picked up. Brush or twigs placed in cans or bags should not stick out above the top of the container. Also, large quantities of dirt or sod are not accepted for pickup.
  • Any Christmas trees saved for composting must be cut and bundled according to yard waste pickup guidelines.
  • For large amounts of yard waste, a homeowner may want to enlist the services of a private contractor.

For more information about yard waste guidelines, please call the DPW at 248-8712850.

If you have questions regarding open burning, please call Farmington Hills Fire Department Fire Prevention at 248-871-2820.

Lieutenant Larry M. Gauthier is a fire and safety educator with the Farmington Hills (MI) Fire Department. Contact him at 248-871-2820 or lmgauthier@fhgov.com.