Recreational Fire Regulations

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.

Attendance: 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.


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

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.