Minneapolis now prohibits recreational fires on poor air quality days

The Minneapolis City Council tightened the recreational fires ordinance today to protect air quality: recreational fires are now prohibited during an air pollution public health advisory. When air pollution levels are likely to affect health, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issues an air pollution public health advisory or alert. To keep Minneapolis safe and livable, residents who like to have a small outdoor recreational fire should keep these ordinances in mind:

Illegal burning can result in a $200 fine.

For more information on recreational fires or to register a complaint about a recreational fire, call 311 or email Minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov, or outside 311 hours to register a complaint about a recreational fire call 911.The Fire and Police departments are authorized to extinguish a fire immediately if it is hazardous.

Learn more about recreational fires from the Minneapolis Fire Department. For the Minneapolis law on recreational fires, see Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Chapter 178.

For more information, see Minneapolis sustainability indicator on air quality.

Last updated May 13, 2013

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