Archives Departments City Council Home
Home > Fire >

Outdoor Burning

No open burning is allowed within City limits. Recreational fires are allowed, with proper precaution taken. Remember, you will be held liable for any damages occurred with an escaped fire, or damage to another property from illegal fireworks, or illegal burning.

Outdoor fireplace safety 

Summer is the most popular time to sit out under the stars and roast marshmallows, hot dogs, and anything else you can fit on a stick. With more homeowners than ever purchasing fire pits and chimineas, or having all out outdoor fireplaces built on their patio, it's important to keep safety in mind. These fireplaces are legal, yet have the potential to start another fire. Here are a few tips for making sure your family (and your rather flammable house) stays safe:

  • Make sure the embers have burned out before going inside for the night.
  • Don't use fire starter to rekindle a dying fire.
  • Make sure everybody knows how to put out a clothing fire (stop, drop, and roll).
  • Don't use portable fire pits underneath overhead branches.
  • Keep extra wood upwind and away from the fire.
  • Follow manufacturer's suggestions on setting up and use of fireplace.
  • Be sure that the fireplace assembly is in good structural condition so that it will not topple over causing a fire.
  • Do not let children play in the area of a fireplace.
  • They may accidentally knock over the fireplace starting a fire or being burned.
  • Never leave children or pets unsupervised near the fireplace.
  • Do not leave the fire unattended. There should be an adult present at all times.
  • Do not burn on windy days. Sparks can travel a long distance and ignite nearby combustibles.
  • Keep plenty of water (or fire extinguisher) nearby in case fire does get out of control.
  • Be sure fire is totally extinguished before you leave the area.
  • Build fires away from overhanging branches, dry grass, and leaves.
  • Pile extra wood away from the fire.
  • Be sure ashes are cold before disposing of them.
  • Place them in a metal container for at least 24 hours.
  • Never use flammable liquids to start or accelerate a fire.
  • Do not use on wooden decks and balconies; set on non-combustible surfaces such as concrete or stone.
  • Do not burn treated lumber in any fireplace.
  • Do not burn trash in the fireplace, embers can be easily blown around.
  • Be sure the screen around the fireplace is in good condition (no holes).
  • Never attempt to burn aerosol cans; heated cans will explode.
  • Flying metal from an exploding can might cause an injury. Burning trash scattered by such an explosion can cause the fire to spread.
  • Check local laws on burning. There may be some municipalities that forbid this type of burning.
  • Do not use an outdoor fireplace indoors.
Photos courtesy of Digital Broadway LLC