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Recreational Fires in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Code of Ordinances Chapter 178 regulates recreational fires in the city. The Fire Department and Fire Inspectors from Regulatory Services have the ability and authority to issue order to correct notices and administrative citations for recreational fires that do not comply with the following regulations:

(1) The total fuel area being burned in any recreational fire shall not exceed three (3) feet in diameter and two (2) feet in height.

(2) Recreational fires shall not be conducted within twenty-five (25) feet of a structure or combustible material.

(3) A surrounding fire barrier of non-combustible material that is at least six (6) inches in height must be used.

(4) Only the following may be burned in an approved recreational fire: Natural cut wood.

(5) Recreational fires shall be constantly attended by at least one competent person eighteen (18) years of age or older and shall be completely extinguished before being abandoned.

(6) On-site fire-extinguishing equipment - such as operable garden hoses, sand and shovels, water buckets or barrels, or a portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating shall be readily available for use at recreational fires.

(7) Recreational fires shall only be conducted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

(8) Recreational fires shall not be conducted if prevailing wind conditions exceed ten (10) m.p.h. or during any period of time for which the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an Air Pollution Health Advisory for Particulate Matter (PM2.5) for an area encompassing the City of Minneapolis.

The Fire Department also has the authority to extinguish recreational fires on private property that are out of compliance with the above regulations, as well as any fire that creates "a nuisance or reasonably objectionable situation for any nearby resident."

These regulations apply solely to recreational fires, including portable freestanding fireplaces and “chimineas,” and do not apply to barbeque grills, incinerators, barbeque pits, or any other appliances or burning otherwise specifically regulated by the Minnesota State Fire Code.

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Last updated Aug 1, 2017

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