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Recreational Fires

City Code dictates that it is unlawful to have a recreational fire in any residential district unless the following conditions can be met:

  1. No fire ban has been initiated by appropriate Federal, State or local authorities.
  2. Only above ground fireplace type structures made of metal or other noncombustible material which are completely enclosed may be used. Fire rings are also permissible.
  3. The area of the fire, whether enclosed or in a fire ring, may not exceed three (3) feet in diameter or height, must be at least twenty-five (25) feet from any structure, public property, city streets, sidewalks and alleyways or to adjoining property lines without adjoining property owners written consent, and cannot produce excessive smoke so as to be a nuisance to other property owners.
  4. Fire will not be allowed'to smolder with no flame present and only clean, dry wood may be used. Items such as branches, lawn clippings, yard waste, and lumber are prohibited from burning in a recreational fire.
  5. No fire will be permitted within twenty (20) feet in any direction of any above or below ground natural gas, electrical, cable television, or other utility service lines.
  6. Mobile cooking devices such as charcoal grills, wood smokers, hibachis,and propane or natural gas devices are not defined as recreational fires.
  7. Fire extinguishing equipment such as a water hose and/or fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating must be readily available nearby.
  8. All fires are subject to discontinuance by direction of law enforcement.
  9. Recreational burning is prohibited between 1:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M.