Recreational Fires

Recreational fires can be a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening with family or friends. Recreational burning consists of the outdoor burning of natural materials which does not include yard waste, garbage, treated lumber or construction materials and/or debris. Recreational fires are allowed on private, residential property in the city, provided the guidelines listed below are followed:


- Recreational fires shall not be conducted within twenty-five (25) feet of a structure or combustible material.  (Mn State Fire Code)

- Recreational fires shall be constantly attended by a responsible adult (18 years of age or older) until the fire is extinguished.

- A garden hose hooked to a reliable water source or a fire extinguisher with a 4A rating must be immediately accessible.

- The fire must never exceed three (3) feet in diameter by two (2) feet in height and is contained in a small pit or commercial product made of non-combustible material.  If the pit is larger than three (3) feet in diameter, it must be modified to contain the size fire hereby specified.
- Recreational fires are not permitted when winds in the area are more than 15 miles per hour.
- Open-flame cooking devices (grills, charcoal burners, etc.) shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within ten (10) feet of combustible construction.

- The Fire Department or Police Department may order extinguishment for any reason when determined necessary.

- It is highly recommended that a screen be placed over the fire.

- The property owner shall be solely liable for any damages that may occur as a result of the operation and use of a recreational fire within the city limits of Dilworth.