Is open burning of landscape waste allowed in the Village of Wheeling?

The open burning of garbage, refuse, litter, waste paper, cardboard, plastic, landscape waste, leaves, construction debris, treated lumber, pallets, flammable and/or combustible liquids, wet or damp wood, and/or unseasoned wood are prohibited by both the Village's Municipal Code and Fire Code. Individuals in violation are subject to being issued citations and fines.  Repeat offenders are subject to additional legal action by the Village.  

Recreational fires using portable fireplaces at single family homes and townhomes are permitted as long as they are used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, are not operated within 15 feet of any structures or combustible materials, and only clean, seasoned (i.e. dry) wood is used as the fuel source. Recreational fireplaces used near townhomes may be subject to additional restrictions based upon their particular homeowners association. All recreational fires must be constantly attended and must either have a nearby fire extinguisher, bucket of water, and/or a garden hose. Disputes between neighbors regarding portable fireplaces should be worked out between neighbors and not by calling the Fire Department or the Police Department unless there is a clear and present danger.

Bonfires are strictly prohibited except for public events and only with pre-approved permits and the fire department on standby.

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1. What hospitals do the Fire Department ambulances transport emergency medical patients to?
2. Is there a fee charged for emergency medical and/or ambulance service?
3. How do I obtain a copy of a fire report or ambulance report?
4. Why does a fire engine respond on ambulance calls?
5. How often should I replace my smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors?
6. Is open burning of landscape waste allowed in the Village of Wheeling?
7. Does the Fire Department perform lock-outs?
8. Are barbecue grills allowed on balconies in apartment or condominium complexes?
9. What does "ISO Class 2" mean on the side of the Fire Department’s vehicles?
10. How do I obtain a fire hydrant flow test for my project?
11. Does the Fire Department have volunteer/paid-on-call firefighter positions?
12. Does the Fire Department provide Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training?
13. Does the Fire Department conduct Fire Station tours?
14. Does the Fire Department trade, swap, or sell patches, t-shirts, etc.?