Please Follow These Guidelines for Recreational Fires
- Only seasoned dry firewood may be burned. (no trash, yard waste, flammable liquids, etc.)
- The fire must be attended by an adult at all times. (do not let the fire continue to burn out when you go to bed, go to the store, visit a neighbor, etc.)
- It must be a minimum of 15 feet from all combustibles. (house, garage, vehicles, dog house, BBQ pit, etc.)
- You must have a means of extinguishing the fire readily available at all times. (garden hose, fire extinguisher, bucket of soil, etc.)
- The fire must be contained to a reasonably small area. 36 inches in diameter and 24 inches in height or less is a good guideline. (chiminea, fire pit, BBQ pit, recessed area in the ground with stones surrounding are acceptable examples)
- At times, atmospheric conditions may cause a fire or police official to request you to extinguish it. (very dry, very windy, atmospheric convection currents causing smoke to stagnate in the area, etc.)
- If the smoke is creating a public nuisance a police or fire official may request it be extinguished. (this is a rare circumstance)
- The fire must be on your privately owned or leased property.
If you have any further questions about recreational fires, please contact the Fire Marshal at 314-646-3634.