Fire Department FAQ
Is it OK to burn my garden waste and leaves in Plymouth Township?
No, that is considered "open burning" which is against local and County ordinance.
May I have a small open fire for a party I am having?
Yes, this type of fire is classified as a "recreational fire".
What is "Open Burning"?
Open burning is defined as the burning of materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber (International Fire Code 2000).
Is "Open Burning" allowable?
No. Open burning of leaves, wood, trash, and construction materials are banned. These items constitute a “nuisance” which also violates Wayne County Ordinance.
What about a "Recreational Fire"?
Recreational fires are not banned by this ordinance or code. A recreational fire is an outdoor fire, burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor
fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height, for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth, or similar purposes.
What type of burning is permissible?
Objects such as outdoor fireplaces, chimineas, etc., if they are equipped with a chimney or stack, are permissible, and as long as they do not create excessive amounts of smoke, such as burning leaves in them. If these types of fires become a nuisance, and a complaint is filed with the Police or Fire Department, you will be asked to extinguish these fires.
Still have questions about "open burning"?
Call Fire Inspector at 734-354-3219.
How do I schedule safety talks or fire station tours?
Call the Fire Department business number at
(734) 354-3221 to schedule these events.
Does the Fire Department offer training in CPR, First Aid, or Advanced External Defibrillator (AED) Operation?
We can no longer offer instructors for these classes due to the increase in operational assignments and emergency calls.
Does the Fire Department refill fire extinguishers?
No. There are several companies listed in the yellow pages that fill fire extinguishers.