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Have safe recreational fires

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Bloomington Briefing Published March 23, 2021
Updated on March 23, 2021

A recreational fire is an outdoor fire used for cooking, warming or ceremonial purposes. When burning a recreational fire in your yard, use common sense, remember to be considerate of your neighbors and follow the City ordinance.

  • Recreational fires may only be conducted between 7 a.m. and midnight and when the wind speed is less than 10 miles per hour. A fire must be extinguished immediately if a City official determines it is creating a fire safety hazard.
  • Fires 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 be readily available.
  • Use only dry, clean wood such as cordwood or Presto logs.
  • Burning wood that has leaves or needles, or wood that is rotten, wet, or treated with paint or glue is prohibited by ordinance.
  • Starter fuels may be used, but never use gasoline or other flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • The fire stack must not exceed three feet wide by two feet high.

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