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Know the code: Recreational fires

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Bloomington Briefing Published April 5, 2023
Updated on April 5, 2023

When burning a recreational fire in your yard, use common sense, be considerate of your neighbors and follow the City code. Conduct fires between 7 a.m. and midnight when the wind speed is less than 10 miles per hour. Extinguish a fire immediately if a City official determines it is creating a fire safety hazard.

  • Locate fires at least 25 feet away from any structures or combustible materials 
  • Keep fires constantly attended to by a person within sight of the flames.
  • Keep fire extinguishing equipment readily available.
  • Only use dry, clean wood such as cordwood or Presto logs.
  • Do not burn wood that has leaves or needles, or wood that is rotten, wet or treated with paint or glue.
  • Fire stacks must not exceed three feet wide by two feet high.

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