Recreational Fires

Homeowners enjoy fire pits and outdoor fireplaces for warmth, recreation and cooking. Increase your enjoyment of outdoor fires by knowing you’re doing all you can to burn cleanly, safely, and responsibly for your family, neighbors and community. Recreational fires are allowed in single-family residences in the City when the following provisions are followed:

  • The fire is contained to a 3 x 3-foot area; this can be in or on the ground, as long as it is completely surrounded by non-combustible material. These same restrictions apply to free-standing manufactured fire pits, fireplaces, and chimineas.
  • The site of the fire must be at least twenty-five (25) feet from any combustible structure; house, garage, shed, deck fence, and fifteen (15) feet from property lines.
  • The winds must be less than fifteen (15) miles per hour.
  • Only clean, dry firewood may be burned, and it must be in lengths no longer than three (3) feet. Recreational fires are not for disposal of yard debris, green wood with leaves or needles, painted or treated wood.
  • A fire extinguishing source (extinguisher, garden hose, sand) must be readily available at the fire site from start to end.
  • Recreational fires shall not be left unattended, and an adult is to supervise the fire until it is extinguished. 
  • All fires are subject to discontinuance by the Fire or Police Department. Smoke complaints from a fire shall be cause for immediate extinguishment. 
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