Recreational Fires in Minneapolis
Backyard fires, bonfires, or recreational fires can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors. But even small fires have an effect on the environment and your neighbors.
The Fire Department and Fire Inspectors can issue administrative citations for fires that don't follow these rules:
- Smaller than three feet across and two feet tall
- At least twenty-five feet from buildings or combustible material
- Surrounded by a barrier of non-combustible material taller than six inches
- Using only natural cut wood
- Attended by a person 18 years or older at all times
- Completely put out when finished
- Conducted between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
When having a recreational fire, you must keep fire extinguishing equipment--like a garden hose, sand, or a water bucket--nearby and available.
Recreational fires are also not allowed when wind speeds are higher than 10 MPH, or when the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an Air Pollution Health Advisory for Particulate Matter (PM2.5) that includes Minneapolis.
The Fire Department may put out fires that don't follow these rules, which apply to recreational fires, including portable freestanding fireplaces and “chimineas.”
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Last updated Apr 3, 2019