Recreational Fire Pit Regulations

Recreational fires. Recreational fires shall NOT be conducted within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit or a noncombustible fire ring no larger than 3 feet in diameter (914 mm) and 2 feet (610 mm) or in height. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet: (7620 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

Recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.
Open-flame cooking devices. Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall NOT be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet (3048 mm) of combustible construction. Exceptions:

One- and two family dwellings.
Where buildings and decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system.

Alexandria Fire Chief

A. Prohibited materials

Minn. Stat. § 88.171. Even if an open burning permit is issued or one of the exceptions are met, individuals are generally prohibited from the open burning of:

Minn. Stat. § 116.06, subd. 11.

• Rubber. • Plastics. • Chemically treated materials (including treated lumber). • Tires. • Railroad ties. • Composite shingles. • Tar paper. • Insulation. • Composition board. • Sheetrock. • Wiring. • Paint or paint filters. • Oil. • Hazardous wastes. • Industrial solid waste. • Demolition debris. • Salvage operations. • Motor vehicles* Furniture.

by Sara Stadtherr

Sara is the Communications Coordinator for the city of Alexandria. She is committed to the residents of Alexandria. Feel free to reach out to her for any reason, she would be happy to hear from you. To contact Sara, please email [email protected] or call 320-759-3607.

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