City Burning Regulations & Codes

Recreational Fires

  • Recreational fires (any fire such as a campfire or cooking fire, fire pit, or portable manufactured fire container for the purpose of recreational and personal enjoyment)
  • Must be 25 feet from any structure
  • Cannot be in an area larger than 3 feet by 3 feet
  • Must be located within a pit with a minimum depth of 10 inches and shall be covered when not in use; the pit must be surrounded on the outside by a noncombustible material for a 12-inch width all around the perimeter
  • All fires shall be contained within a pit or other container in which the combustible material is located and shall not have a flame height exceeding 4 feet from the base of the fire
  • Fires must be supervised at all times by a competent person who is age 16 or older
  • Only dry, untreated, and unpainted clean wood may be used in a recreational fire
  • Fires shall not be allowed to cause smoke which would constitute a public nuisance or cause a traffic hazard because of diminished visibility
  • Fires utilizing manufactured portable fire containers shall be located on the ground and must be constructed of noncombustible material
  • No permit is required for these fires

Cooking Fires

  • The above regulations for recreational fires shall not apply to cooking fires
  • Outdoor cooking apparatus is defined as a charcoal grill, gas grill, smoker, camping stove, or similar apparatus designed exclusively for cooking food
  • Outdoor cooking apparatus shall only be used outdoors and at ground level
  • Cooking fires are generally allowed during burning ban conditions except under extreme conditions

Other Fires

Any other fires need to be approved by the Fire Chief.

For further information, contact the Fire Department or see the City Code.