Recreational Fires


Burning Permits are NOT required for "RECREATIONAL FIRES".

Recreational Fire is defined by the Minnesota State Fire Code as:

"An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, portable outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes."
Fire Pit
  • Acceptable burn materials are limited to: dry, clean, wood.
  • Prohibited burn materials are: oils, rubber, plastics, treated, painted, stained or varnished wood, garbage, or construction waste.
  • Recreational fires cannot be left unattended until the fire is completely extinguished.
  • Fire extinguishing equipment must be on-site: a portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating, or dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose, or water truck.


Recreational fires must be located a minimum of 25 feet from buildings and other combustible structures or materials such as sheds, fences, decking, shrubs, trees, etc.  Do not locate under overhead power lines or over underground utilities.

Firepit distance from structures


The distance from buildings and other combustible structures may be reduced to 15 feet for approved portable outdoor fireplaces. These fireplaces offer a higher level of safety than a campfire ring.
Portable outdoor fireplaces should be placed on a level and stable surface.

Portable Outdoor Fireplace


In any structure containing three or more dwelling units, no person shall kindle, maintain, or cause any fire or open flame on any balcony above ground level, or on any ground floor patio within 15 feet of the structure.  Fuel Storage is also prohibited - no person shall store or use any fuel, barbecue, torch, or other similar heating or lighting chemical or device in these designated locations.

Listed electric or gas-fired barbecue grills that are permanently mounted and wired or plumbed to the building's gas supply or electrical system and that maintain a minimum clearance of 18 inches on all sides, unless listed for lesser clearances, may be installed on balconies and patios only when approved by the fire chief.
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