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Recreational fire safety

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Bloomington Briefing Published June 1, 2022
Updated on November 2, 2022

Every summer, we look forward to camping, picnics, family reunions and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries. Use common sense, remember to be considerate of your neighbors, and follow these tips to stay safe.

A recreational fire is an outdoor fire used for cooking, warming or ceremonial purposes. Follow the City ordinance
that states:

  • A recreational fire may only be conducted between 7 a.m. and midnight when the wind speed is less than 10 miles per hour.
  • A recreational fire must be located at least 25 feet away from any structures or combustible materials, and constantly attended to by a person within sight of the flames.
  • Fire extinguishing equipment must readily available.
  • Only dry, clean wood such as cordwood or Presto logs may be used.
  • Wood that has leaves or needles and wood that is rotten, wet, or treated with paint or glue are prohibited by ordinance and should not be burned.
  • The fire stack should not exceed three-feet wide by two-feet high.
  • The fire must be extinguished immediately if an official determines the fire is creating a fire safety hazard.

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