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Indiana Burn Ban Status Map
Map of Indiana with some counties shaded green
Indiana Burn Ban Status Map

Open burning is the burning of materials in a manner that releases smoke and other emissions directly into the air without passing through a chimney or smokestack from an enclosed chamber. Pollution from open burning is a serious concern because it can harm human health and the environment. Learn the rules of open burning and be sure to check for area burn bans beforehand.

For full information on open burning, please visit the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)'s Open Burning in Indiana page. IDEM is the state agency that enforces Indiana's open burning rules and works with locals on open-burning education and complaint resolution.

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Map of Indiana with some counties shaded green
Indiana Burn Ban Status Map

Live Burns for Fire Training

Firefighters training with empty house on fire
Firefighters training with empty house on fire
Firefighters training with empty house on fire

Fire departments often work with local businesses or homeowners to train on planned burns of structure fires so firefighters can practice their skills in a managed situation. Similar to open burning, these fires have the potential to harm human health and the environment if precautions, such as removing hazardous materials beforehand and burning on days without high winds, are not followed.

Requests to burn for fire training should be directed to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) for approval. See IDEM's Fire Training Approval page for more information. Fire departments with questions on the process can contact the Academy.