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recreational fireA permit is not required for recreational fires however, property owners are expected to follow the guidelines outlined below for their safety, the safety of others, and to help protect the environment.

  • Recreational fires are allowed to a maximum of 3 feet in diameter at the base, and flames should be no higher than 2 feet.
  • Only natural wood may be burned. Treated or painted wood, plastic, rubber, leaves and grass may not be burned.
  • Recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.
  • Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of combustible material.
  • Portable outdoor fireplace (solid, fuel burning) shall not be conducted within 15 feet of combustible material.
  •  Recreational fires shall take place on the owner’s property and shall be a minimum of 5 feet from property lines.
  • A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel or garden hose shall be readily available for immediate use.
  • A burning ban may be issued by the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources or any other unit of government for a specific area of the state. When a ban is issued, the city reserves the right to suspend all recreational fires.
  • The fire must be extinguished if it becomes a nuisance to others or if not under supervision. (City Code Section 15-1, Subd.1 Annoys, injures or endangers the health, safety, comfort or repose of the public.)

Recreational fires in multi-family residences are the responsibility of the property management or association. When applicable, residents must adhere to property management/association rules/regulations and these guidelines.

These guidelines do not pertain to brush burning permits. For more information on brush burning permits, visit the brush burning page. You may also contact the Fire Department at or by calling (651) 714-3600.