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Fire-Rescue Department

Recreational Fires

A recreational fire is an outdoor fire that is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill or barbecue pit and has a total fuel area of three feet or less in diameter and two feet or less in height, for pleasure, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.

Recreational fires under those definitions are permitted unless it is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor or when conditions make such a fire hazardous.

A recreational fire of the described size (maximum of 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height) must be a minimum of 25 feet from a structure. A fire in an approved container can be no less than 15 feet from a structure. Conditions that might cause the fire to spread must be eliminated.

The fire must be constantly attended while burning. A fire extinguisher or other extinguishing equipment (dirt, sand, garden hose, water barrel for instance) shall be available to be used immediately.

Portable outdoor fireplaces (chimineas as an example) are to be used in accordance with manufacturer?s instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material.