Health department offers open burning reminder

With spring open-burning season almost here, the McHenry County Department of Health wants to remind residents of restrictions.

The county public health ordinance permits residents in unincorporated areas to burn landscape waste on weekends in April, May, October and November. The burn area must be at least 100 feet from a house, business, school or church, and at least 50 feet from a barn, shed, detached garage or other accessory structure.

Only landscape waste generated on-site – grass, leaves, limbs and shrubbery cuttings – can be burned. Most municipalities have ordinances restricting or banning the burning of yard waste. In areas without a ban or more restrictive ordinance, the county’s ordinance takes effect.

Visit, or call 815-334-4585, for questions and for a list of municipalities that curtail or forbid open burning.