Contact Information:

Chief Don Brown

Station 1

410 N. Chippewa St. Shepherd Michigan 48883

Runs to Date:

Note: STTFD run activity is from November 1st to October 31st.

Shepherd Tri-Township Fire Department


Mission Statement:

We are dedicated to preserving life, property, and the environment, utilizing effective principles and practices of modern fire and life safety technology. We practice mutual respect by setting a personal example of trust and fairness, recognizing the dignity of others. We practice and expect honesty, loyalty and dedication. We are responsible for our actions, as professionals. We believe in teamwork through skillful communication and personal cooperation to achieve our common goal. We strive for excellence in the fire service we deliver through on-going education evaluation and improvement.

S.T.T.F.D. News: 


Who Needs a Burn Permit, Who Does Not

Local regulations vary, please check before lighting your fire.

The burning of logs, stumps, trees, and brush is not allowed within 1,400 feet of a city or village under DEQ air quality rules. In general, state law allows burning of leaves and grass clippings in municipalities of under 7,500 people, but not in communities of greater population. However, local ordinances may prohibit burning in smaller communities, and larger communities may opt to allow burning leaves and grass clippings through local ordinances. So, be sure to check with your local community to find out what the rules are where you will be burning.

How to apply for a Burning Permit:

Getting a burn permit for your area has never been easier. Use the interactive map to find the burn conditions in your area.  Updates are made every date by 10 a.m. Eastern Time.  If "YES" appears in the Burning Permits Issued column, you are authorized to burn today. This serves as your burn permit. You don't need to print anything. 

Burning authorized by this permit is for yard rakings and brush ONLY. It does not relieve the responsible person(s) of liability for all damages resulting from the escape of the fire. You are responsible for understanding Michigan's Open Burning Laws and Rules.

Burn permits are issued only for:

Burn permits are NOT required:

  • Cooking or recreational campfires
  • Anytime there is continuous snow cover adjacent to your fire
  • Household paper materials that does not contain plastic, rubber, foam, or textiles that is burned in a container constructed of metal or masonry, with a covering device having openings no larger than 3/4 of an inch

Items that can never be burned due to air quality regulations:

  • Demolition debris
  • Construction materials
  • Automotive parts
  • Household trash that contains plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals or hazardous materials