Recreational Fire Information

Recreational fires are defined as small fires used for pleasure, cooking, warmth or similar purposes and they are allowed in the City as long as the following guidelines are adhered to:

  1. They are required to be inspected and permitted PRIOR to the first use.  There is not cost for the inspection or permit.
  2. Charcoal or wood burning fires only.
  3. Safeguards are in place and fire extinguishers or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment are present.
  4. Fire pit is not more than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high.
  5. Fire pit is at least 25 feet from a structure or combustible material.  If the fire is in an approved container at least 15 feet from a structure or combustible material.
  6. No burning of rubbish which is defined as combustible and noncombustible waste materials, including residue from the burning of coal, wood, coke or other combustible material, paper, rags, cartons, tin cans, metals, mineral matter, glass crockery, leaves, grass, dust and discarded refrigerator, and heating, cooking or incinerator-type appliances.
  7. If a complaint is filed and the fire department deems the fire to be a public nuisance, then the fire shall be extinguished.
  8. Fires discharging smoke that creates public discomfort for neighboring properties could be extinguished.