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Open Burn Information

Do not burn building materials


Call 810-686-5432 Before You


Open Burning Requirements

Everyone living in the City limits of Clio must get a Burn Permit at the City Offices before burning. No Burn permits needed in Vienna and Thetford township.

The Clio Area Fire Department requires everyone to call the Burn Line before you start your fire at 810-686-5432.

Burning Guidelines and Tips

Fallen trees and brush are the only items that residents are allowed to burn. You should clear an area around where you are going to burn to help prevent the spread of fire. Do not burn when it is windy due to the fact that sparks can start fires a great distance away from the original fire. An adult must attend the fire at all times and must not leave until the fire is completely extinguished. Monitor children and do not allow them to play near or with the fire. Keep water availible at all times.

Cooking fires in a gas or charcoal grill and campfires in a metal container made specifically for this purpose as long as they are small does not require you to Call the burn line. Campfires and open cooking fires are allowed but must be monitored, Kept to an acceptable size and attended to at all times. Campfires should be in a container designed for that purpose or a fire pit.

Banned items from burning

Violation of Michigan Law, city or township ordinance, or negligence on the part of the property owner, will result in the owner being charged for the Fire Department responding to an incident.

UNDER MICHIGAN LAW, Residents are not allowed to burn any of the following

  • BUILDINGS (house, barn, shed, garage)

    Any land clearing that requires a burning duration of greater than 12 hours should be inspected and approved by the Fire Chief or a representative of the Clio Fire Department.

Clio Area Fire Department Cost Recovery

Fee Schedule:

A calculated fee for personnel, trucks, equipment, supplies, contracted services

Minimum fee: $500 for 1 Station, $750 for 2 Station.

Additional cost of contractors and / or equipment required to abate the incident would be billed as appropriate.


  • Violation of law - Federal, State, Local laws or local ordinances
  • Illegal Fire - whichever is greater of the fee schedule or flat fee
  • Arson fire of any kind
  • No Burn Permit - City Of Clio
  • Burning of any material other than brush/Fallen trees
  • Fires set in violation of a no-burning ban or order
  • Non-residents (people, companies, or corporations that do not live or operate a business within the fire district
  • All instances of Alarm System malfunction or activation resulting from but no limited to: improper installation, equipment failure, intentional or otherwise which results in a determination that there was no actual need for emergency assistance
  • Assist EMS
  • Legally set fires that get out of control
  • Standby with scene lights for Police (invoice to person causing situation)
  • False Alarms - International or otherwise which results in a determination that there was no actual need for emergency assistance
  • Bomb Threats
  • Hazardous Material clean up

No Fee will be charged for the following

  • Mutual Aid to another Fire Department
  • A property owner burning legally that has called the BURN LINE before they have started a FIRE at 686-5432.
  • Where no private property is involved (municipal properties and rights of way)
  • Trees down in the Road Right of Way
  • Weather Alert - Standby for Tornado spotting
  • "No incident found" situations
  • Gasoline Spill at gas station when person spilling the gasoline has left the scene
  • Rekindle of earlier fire
  • Good Intent
  • Steam called in as smoke by a party other than the property owner (vehicle, clothes dryer, etc)


CAFD covers 72 square miles & serves the City of Clio, Vienna Twp. & Thetford Twp.

Clio Fire Department Station 1
3291 Vienna Rd, Clio, MI 48420
Phone: 810-687-8506

Clio Fire Department Station 2
4014 E Vienna Rd, Clio, MI 48420
Phon: 810-686-8710

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