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Have safe recreational fires

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Bloomington Briefing Published August 1, 2023
Updated on August 1, 2023

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

  • Recreational fires may only be conducted between 7 a.m. and midnight when the wind speed is under 10 miles per hour. If a City official determines that a fire is creating a safety hazard, it must be extinguished immediately.
  • Fires must be located at least 25 feet away from any structures or combustible materials. Fires must be constantly attended by a responsible person within sight of the flames until the fire burns out completely or is extinguished.
  • Have fire extinguishing equipment readily available.
  • Burning wood that has leaves or needles, or wood that is rotten, wet or treated with paint or glue is prohibited by ordinance. Only use dry, clean wood such as cordwood or Presto logs.
  • Fire stacks must not exceed three feet wide by two feet high.

For more information, contact Fire Prevention at 952-563-4801.